Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Modeling of a small Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle for autonomous navigation and control
by Rustrian, Wilmer, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 148; 10102603
Abstract (Summary)

Small scale unmanned underwater vehicles provide an opportunity to safely and efficiently complete tasks such as boat hull inspection and subsea development survey. These Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) can be made more efficient if navigating underwater autonomously. This requires the development of highly accurate navigation and control algorithms, which, in turn, require a high-fidelity dynamic model of the vehicle based on first principles and validated by empirical data.

In this thesis, a simulation of a dynamics model for a commercially available ROV is developed. Empirical data from open-loop testing is used to generate a second-order transfer function using system identification to validate the simulation model. The transient response characteristics of the experimentally generated transfer function are then utilized to fine-tune the physical parameters in the simulation model. Finally, autopilot systems are designed using classical control theory to enable autonomous control over the attitudes and depth of the underwater vehicle.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shankar, Praveen
Commitee: Gao, Qingbin, Lu, Bei
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Mechanical engineering
Keywords: Autonomous, Autopilot systems, Dynamic model, Open-loop testing, Rov, Simulation
Publication Number: 10102603
ISBN: 9781339662855
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