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Robust Composite Nonlinear Feedback Control for Path Following of Underactuated Surface Vessels With Desired-Heading Amendment

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Chuan Hu, Fengjun Yan

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Rongrong Wang

Southeast University, Nanjing, China

Paper No. DSCC2016-9654, pp. V002T29A001; 9 pages
  • ASME 2016 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Volume 2: Mechatronics; Mechatronics and Controls in Advanced Manufacturing; Modeling and Control of Automotive Systems and Combustion Engines; Modeling and Validation; Motion and Vibration Control Applications; Multi-Agent and Networked Systems; Path Planning and Motion Control; Robot Manipulators; Sensors and Actuators; Tracking Control Systems; Uncertain Systems and Robustness; Unmanned, Ground and Surface Robotics; Vehicle Dynamic Controls; Vehicle Dynamics and Traffic Control
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, October 12–14, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5070-1
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


This paper studies the transient performance improvement problem for path following control of underactuated surface vessels (USVs) in the presence of oceanic disturbances. The traditional practice that chooses the tangent direction of the desired path as the desired heading may deteriorate the tracking performance in the curve-path following. That is because the sideslip angle is not zero in turnings, which unavoidably makes the lateral offset hard to converge to zero. Also, the disturbances in wave filed greatly affect the transient control of the path following errors. To this end, this paper makes two contributions: 1) An amendment on the choice of the desired heading is presented to consider the sideslip angle in turnings and then achieve a more accurate path-following maneuver; 2) A novel robust composite nonlinear feedback (CNF) technique is proposed based on a multiple-disturbances observer to improve the transient performance for path following control in seaway environment considering the input saturation. Comparative simulations verify the reasonability of the amendment on the desired heading direction and the effectiveness of the CNF approach in improving the transient performance for the path following control of USVs.

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