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A ray tracing method for predicting path loss and delay spread in microcellular environments

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3 Author(s)
Schaubach, K.R. ; Bradley Dept. of Electr. Eng., Virginia Polytech. Inst. & State Univ., Blacksburg, VA, USA ; Davis, N.J., IV ; Rappaport, T.S.

The ability to predict path loss and delay spread is crucial for determining coverage and for planning interference reduction strategies in wireless radio system design. A promising theoretical method to accurately predict these channel characteristics in microcells is presented. The method uses modified geometrical optics to evaluate average path loss and delay spread. Quantitative building data, such as location, height, and electrical properties, are used to determine the individual multipath component amplitudes and delays. Preliminary verification of the technique against measured data has been conducted. The results illustrate that accurate path loss prediction is possible, with predicted values being within 5 dB of the measured values. As a result of this study, a computer program is being developed to automate the prediction process. The technical issues required for automated propagation prediction are presented. The ray optics model, computer ray tracing techniques, and building data requirements are also described. Comparisons between simulations and measurements are provided

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Vehicular Technology Conference, 1992, IEEE 42nd

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10-13 May 1992