Accession Number : ADA613010
Title : Determination of an Optimal Control Strategy for a Generic Surface Vehicle
Descriptive Note : Technical rept.
Corporate Author : NAVAL UNDERSEA WARFARE CENTER DIV NEWPORT RI
Personal Author(s) : Wettergren, Thomas A ; Segala, David B ; Chelidze, David
Report Date : 18 Jun 2014
Pagination or Media Count : 30
Abstract : Optimal path planning and control of vehicles becomes of greater importance as more and more tasks are transferred to autonomous agents. The concept of optimal path planning and optimal control of a generic surface vehicle in a constant current flow was investigated. This report documents the development of a three degree-of-freedom model of a generic surface vehicle and describes optimal path planning in a uniform surface current flow environment. The nominal path is derived using a two-point boundary value problem solution with constant propulsion. Optimal control strategy to follow the identified motion path starting from a randomly perturbed initial condition was also investigated and tested using the developed model. It was shown that in a relatively uniform surface current flow environment, the direct path from the initial point to the target location is optimal in terms of expended energy, where the least expended energy corresponds to constant thrust motion with the relative vehicle heading perpendicular to the flow.
Descriptors : *AUTONOMOUS NAVIGATION , BOUNDARY VALUE PROBLEMS , CONTROL , DETERMINATION , DYNAMIC PROGRAMMING , MOTION , SELF OPERATION , SURFACE EFFECT SHIPS , SURFACE EFFECT VEHICLES , TRAJECTORIES
Subject Categories : Underwater and Marine Navigation and Guidance
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE