Accession Number:

ADA045371

Title:

A Study to Determine an Optimal Control Strategy for a Marine Vehicle Subjected to Random Disturbances.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1976-1977,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL AIR STATION QUONSET POINT R I

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1977-05-23

Pagination or Media Count:

120.0

Abstract:

The specific problem investigated during this project, involved the determination of the near-optimal trajectory, with respect to speed through the water, of a sailcraft subjected to steady-state and random wind and wave forces. The results of the project surpassed existing empirical techniques in that a method was developed for preparing, beforehand, using a set of digital computer programs, an accurate near-optimal performance package for any yacht possessing a valid International Offshore Racing IOR certificate. Initial verification of the performance package for the U.S. Naval Academys fifty-eight foot Sparkman and Stevens sloop SYREN indicated extremely close agreement between predicted and actual performance. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Marine Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE