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Adaptive control of nonlinear underwater robotic systems

Author(s): Thor I. Fossen | Svein I. Sagatun

Journal: Modeling, Identification and Control
ISSN 0332-7353

Volume: 12;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 95;
Date: 1991;
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Keywords: AUV | ROV | adaptive control

The problem of controlling underwater mobile robots in 6 degrees of freedom (DOF) is addressed. Uncertainties in the input matrix due to partly known nonlinear thruster characteristics are modeled as multiplicative input uncertainty. This paper proposes two methods to compensate for the model uncertainties: (1) an adaptive passivity-based control scheme and (2) deriving a hybrid (adaptive and sliding) controller. The hybrid controller consists of a switching term which compensates for uncertainties in the input matrix and an on-line parameter estimation algorithm. Global stability is ensured by applying Barbalat's Lyapunovlike lemma. The hybrid controller is simulated for the horizontal motion of the Norwegian Experimental Remotely Operated Vehicle (NEROV).
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