This paper presents a trajectory-tracking method using disturbance observer-based model predictive control (MPC) for small autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV). The goal of the work is to design a robust motion controller for AUVs under the system constraints and unknown disturbances such as hydrodynamics and ocean currents. Super-twisting-algorithm (STA) is employed to design the disturbance observer and its output is used and included in the feedback linearization law to compensate for the disturbances. The control inputs are generated using the MPC design with the nominal linearized model. Simulation results are included to validate the effectiveness of the control design and also compare with the traditional MPC motion control.
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Disturbance Observer-Based Motion Control of Small Autonomous Underwater Vehicles
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Wang, B, Mihalec, M, Gong, Y, Pompili, D, & Yi, J. "Disturbance Observer-Based Motion Control of Small Autonomous Underwater Vehicles." Proceedings of the ASME 2018 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference. Volume 3: Modeling and Validation; Multi-Agent and Networked Systems; Path Planning and Motion Control; Tracking Control Systems; Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Application; Unmanned Ground and Aerial Vehicles; Vibration in Mechanical Systems; Vibrations and Control of Systems; Vibrations: Modeling, Analysis, and Control. Atlanta, Georgia, USA. September 30–October 3, 2018. V003T35A004. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/DSCC2018-9200
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