Robust position control of an over‐actuated underwater vehicle under model uncertainties and ocean current effects using dynamic sliding mode surface and optimal allocation control

Mai The Vu, Tat Hien Le, Ha Le Nhu Ngoc Thanh, Tuan Tu Huynh, Mien Van, Quoc Dong Hoang, Ton Duc Do

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Abstract

Underwater vehicles (UVs) are subjected to various environmental disturbances due to ocean currents, propulsion systems, and un‐modeled disturbances. In practice, it is very challenging to design a control system to maintain UVs stayed at the desired static position permanently under these conditions. Therefore, in this study, a nonlinear dynamics and robust positioning control of the over‐actuated autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) under the effects of ocean current and model uncertainties are presented. First, a motion equation of the over‐actuated AUV under the effects of ocean current disturbances is established, and a trajectory generation of the over‐actuated AUV heading angle is constructed based on the line of sight (LOS) algorithm. Second, a dynamic positioning (DP) control system based on motion control and an allocation control is proposed. For this, motion control of the over‐actuated AUV based on the dynamic sliding mode control (DSMC) theory is adopted to improve the system robustness under the effects of the ocean current and model uncertainties. In addition, the stability of the system is proved based on Lyapunov criteria. Then, using the generalized forces generated from the motion control module, two different methods for optimal allocation control module: the least square (LS) method and quadratic programming (QP) method are developed to distribute a proper thrust to each thruster of the over‐actuated AUV. Simulation studies are conducted to examine the effectiveness and robustness of the proposed DP controller. The results show that the proposed DP controller using the QP algorithm provides higher stability with smaller steady‐state error and stronger robustness.

Original languageEnglish
Article number747
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2021

Keywords

  • Dynamic sliding mode controller
  • Least‐squares method
  • Position control
  • Quadratic programming
  • Underwater vehicle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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