Observer-based robust control for dynamic positioning of large-scale heavy lift vessels

J. Ye, Spandan Roy, M. Godjevac, Simone Baldi

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With the growing demand of large-scale heavy lift vessels in the deep-sea offshore construction works, high performance of Dynamic positioning (DP) systems is becoming ever crucial. However, current DP systems on board of heavy lift vessels do not consider model uncertainty (typically arising from mooring forces). In this paper, an observer-based robust controller is designed that can tackle model uncertainty in hydrodynamic damping and mooring forces, environmental disturbances as well as can filter out the high-frequency vessel movement. Closed-loop system stability is analytically established in terms of uniformly ultimately boundedness. In addition, several key performance indicators are provided for tuning the performance of the controller. The effectiveness of the proposed control framework is studied in simulation with a crane-vessel system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-143
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventLSS 2019: 15th IFAC Symposium on Large Scale Complex Systems - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 26 May 201928 May 2019


  • Dynamic positioning
  • heavy lift vessel
  • observer
  • robust control
  • large-scale systems


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