Radomes and Bumpers

Automotive radome and bumper testing

Ensuring the quality of radomes and bumpers

Automotive radars are usually mounted behind bumpers or radomes and the material RF transmission and reflection characteristics effect the performance of the radar sensor and the safety-critical system it supports. For example, radome inhomogeneity or too much attenuation will cause incorrect object distance and angular position data. Therefore, ensuring consistent material quality of the radome by accurate testing is important during the development and production process.

Radome material quality analysis solutions from Rohde & Schwarz use advanced microwave imaging techniques to make sure your radomes & bumpers stay within demanding performance limits.

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Your automotive radome & bumper test challenges:

  • Ensuring material quality and characteristics meet design specifications
  • Detailed insight into RF bumper & radome characteristics during development
  • Fast and comprehensive testing in production with awareness of material imperfections

Features of Rohde & Schwarz radome test solutions:

  • Accurate, 2-dimensional RF characterization of radomes resolved over the frequency of interest
  • Spatially-resolved transmission phase
  • Accuracy comparable to a network analyzer but with superior speed
  • Easier DUT handling in a production environment
  • Detection of inhomogeneities

Benefits of our microwave imaging radome & bumper test solutions:

  • Higher quality, more consistent product due to microwave imaging insights
  • Enhanced phase, polarization and homogeneity information accelerates development cycle
  • Seamless transfer from R&D to production with consistent performance
  • Increased yield on production line due to high accuracy and lower tolerances
  • Ease of DUT handling gives faster test time
Explainer video: Explore the benefits of the R&S®QAR50

Cost-effective automotive radome and bumper testing. Fast. Precise.

The R&S®QAR50 Quality Automotive Radome Tester

Ensuring automotive radome & bumper quality from design to end-of-line-test.

The R&S®QAR50 is the ideal tool for accurately testing the quality of automotive radomes and bumpers in the automotive radar frequency range at the end-of-line (EOL).

Our experts and partners

Löhnert Elektronik

Thomas Baum, Managing Director and Sales Löhnert Elektronik GmbH

"Löhnert Elektronik integrates the R&S®QAR50 tester into a turn-key system for EOL production testing of radomes and bumpers. This includes automated sample handling and control software. The automation software LisRTV3 controls the R&S®QAR50 and evaluates the measurement results including result recording and sample labeling. Reference measurements for calibration, monitoring of the production tester and interfaces to MES systems are also supported."

Featured products for radome material analysis

R&S®QAR50 quality automotive radome tester

  • Precise transmission loss and reflection measurements plus frequency response in the automotive radar bands (72 GHz - 82 GHz)
  • Spatially resolved transmission phase and high resolution reflection image with a single measurement
  • Extremely short cycle time of 4 seconds ensures high throughput in production

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R&S®ZVA vector network analyzers

  • System frequency range: 10 MHz to 110 GHz
  • Dynamic range up to 130 dB (typ)
  • Two test ports, 1.0 mm male

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Application video series: The complete guide to radome and bumper testing using the R&S®QAR50

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