Depth control for an over-actuated, hover-capable autonomous underwater vehicle with experimental verification

Tanakitkorn, Kantapon; Wilson, Philip; Turnock, Stephen; Phillips, Alex. 2017 Depth control for an over-actuated, hover-capable autonomous underwater vehicle with experimental verification. Mechatronics, 41. 67-81.

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A PI-D based control system is developed for over-actuated, hover-capable AUVs which enables a smooth transition from hover-style to flight-style operation with system stability and convergence proven using a Lyapunov approach. The performance of the controller is demonstrated by simulation and is verified through experiments. The approach is able to operate over a range of vehicle ballasting configurations, and to imposed external disturbances. The proposed system is computationally inexpensive and does not require a detailed hydrodynamic model to implement. By monitoring the energy consumption on board, the cost of maintaining depth at a range of forward speeds with different buoyancy conditions can be quantified, and their impact on the cost of transport is highlighted for future optimisation of energy consumption.

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ISSN: 0957-4158 (print)
Date made live: 01 Dec 2016 10:12 +0 (UTC)

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