The main purpose of an auto-pilot is the course-keeping. The author has determined a performance for course keeping from the viewpoint of economic run. It consists of (1) path elongation due to detour, (2) speed reduction due to steering, and (3) fuel consumption increase per unit time due to steering. Full-scale experiments are carried out with M.S. Maru (360 Gross Ton) to obtain the dynamic loss factors corresponding to (2) and (3). A performance index is developed and an optimum control law is derived from the performance index. The control character is of PD-control. Some results of computer simulation are shown.

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    Society of Naval Architects of Japan

    15-16, Toranomon, 1-chome, Minato-ku
    Tokyo,   Japan 
  • Authors:
    • HIROTA, M
  • Publication Date: 1974

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  • Accession Number: 00323605
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 12 1981 12:00AM