This paper proposes a new tracking controller for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) using the concept of simultaneous quadratic stabilization. The nonlinear underwater vehicle system is viewed as a set of locally linear time invariant systems obtained by linearizing the system equations on the reference trajectory about some discrete points. A single stabilizing controller is then designed for the set of systems so obtained. However, this controller requires the exact parameters of the system. Since the hydrodynamic parameters of AUVs are generally not known with sufficient accuracy, the proposed controller is used for the known part of the dynamics and an adaptation algorithm is used to estimate the unknown parameters online and compensate for the rest of the plant dynamics. The proposed controller can thus adaptively handle the complete nonlinear uncertain dynamics of the plant. Simulation results are presented and discussed for a typical AUV.
A New Tracking Controller Design for Underwater Vehicles Using Quadratic Stabilization
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Kumar, R. P., Dasgupta, A., and Kumar, C. S. (February 29, 2008). "A New Tracking Controller Design for Underwater Vehicles Using Quadratic Stabilization." ASME. J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control. March 2008; 130(2): 024502. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2837451
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