Control Strategies Robust to Configurational Changes in Unmanned Underwater Vehicles.
PRINCETON UNIV NJ DEPT OF MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING
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This research addresses reliability and robustness issues in the control of unmanned underwater vehicles UUVs with focus on vehicles of interest to the Navy. The central goal is to study and develop the means for a UUV to compensate for both disruptive configurational changes such as the failure of an actuator as well as more gentle changes such as variations in vehicle parameters that may result, for example, from additionrelease of equipment on-board, from motion or action of a robotic manipulator or simply from parameter uncertainty. An important objective in support of the central goal is to use nonlinear methods to understand how to exploit nonlinear structure of UUV dynamics to advantage in control design. For example, it is often the case that one can show that a UUV is still controllable after an actuator failure. However, it is nonlinear methods that are required to verify this and it is nonlinearities in the UUV model that allow for the possibility of completing desired UUV motions after an actuator failure. Accordingly, it is nonlinear methods that should be used to develop algorithms that drive a UUV in the event of an actuator failure.
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