Path-Following Control of an AUV: Fully Actuated Versus Under-actuated Configuration

The problem of motion control of underwater vehicles in both the fully actuated and under-actuated configurations is often confronted by the marine technology community. This paper presents a nonlinear control method for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) traveling along a planned planar path in both actuation configurations. The common objectives of path-following control for both fully actuated and under-actuated vehicles are described, and the differences in the necessary path-following control designs are analyzed, showing that the side-slip angle of the vehicle plays an important role in the evolution of the dynamics of AUVs with different actuation configurations. Based on the presented analysis, nonlinear controllers for the two types of AUV configurations are proposed, and the inherent characteristics of under-actuation and full actuation are revealed by a dedicated analysis of numerical simulation paradigms, the results of which will be instrumental in guiding marine technology engineers in the practical design and control of AUVs.


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  • Accession Number: 01597625
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 17 2016 2:01PM