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Rudder roll damping autopilot using dual extended Kalman Filter–trained neural networks for ships in waves


Wang, Y and Nguyen, HD, Rudder roll damping autopilot using dual extended Kalman Filter-trained neural networks for ships in waves, Journal of Marine Science and Application, 18, (2019) pp. 510-521. ISSN 1671-9433 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s11804-019-00111-8


The roll motions of ships advancing in heavy seas have severe impacts on the safety of crews, vessels, and cargoes; thus, it must be damped. This study presents the design of a rudder roll damping autopilot by utilizing the dual extended Kalman filter (DEKF)–trained radial basis function neural networks (RBFNN) for the surface vessels. The autopilot system constitutes the roll reduction controller and the yaw motion controller implemented in parallel. After analyzing the advantages of the DEKF-trained RBFNN control method theoretically, the ship’s nonlinear model with environmental disturbances was employed to verify the performance of the proposed stabilization system. Different sailing scenarios were conducted to investigate the motion responses of the ship in waves. The results demonstrate that the DEKF RBFNN–based control system is efficient and practical in reducing roll motions and following the path for the ship sailing in waves only through rudder actions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:rudder roll damping, autopilot, radial basis function, neural networks, dual extended Kalman filter training, intelligent control, path following, advancing in waves
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ship and platform structures (incl. maritime hydrodynamics)
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Water transport not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Wang, Y (Mr Yuanyuan Wang)
UTAS Author:Nguyen, HD (Dr Hung Nguyen)
ID Code:150769
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2022-06-29
Last Modified:2022-09-15

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