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Composite model reference adaptive control for an unmanned underwater vehicle


Makavita, CD and Nguyen, HD and Ranmuthugala, D and Jayasinghe, SG, Composite model reference adaptive control for an unmanned underwater vehicle, Underwater Technology, 33, (2) pp. 81-93. ISSN 1756-0543 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3723/ut.33.081


The control of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) is challenging due to the non-linear and time-varying nature of the hydrodynamic forces from the surrounding fluid. In addition, the presence of external disturbances makes the control even more difficult. Model reference adaptive control (MRAC) is an adaptive control technique that performs well in such situations, while the improved composite/combined model reference adaptive control (CMRAC) is capable of better transient performance. However, the latter is yet to be used in UUV controls. Thus, this paper tests the suitability of CMRAC in UUV applications using validated simulation models and compares its performance against the standard MRAC. Several test scenarios have been considered including initial operation, external disturbance and thruster failure. Simulation results show that CMRAC offers better tracking, faster disturbance rejection and quick recovery from thruster failure compared to MRAC. In addition, CMRAC is more robust against parameter uncertainties and thus the control signal shows fewer oscillations, which in turn reduces the probability of actuator damage.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ROV, Adaptive Control System
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ship and platform structures (incl. maritime hydrodynamics)
Objective Division:Manufacturing
Objective Group:Computer, electronic and communication equipment
Objective Field:Computer, electronic and communication equipment not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Makavita, CD (Mr Charita Makavita)
UTAS Author:Nguyen, HD (Dr Hung Nguyen)
UTAS Author:Ranmuthugala, D (Professor Dev Ranmuthugala)
UTAS Author:Jayasinghe, SG (Dr Shantha Jayasinghe Arachchillage)
ID Code:104480
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2015-11-12
Last Modified:2016-03-07
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