Trajectory following of a tethered underwater robot with multiple control techniques

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Jiaming Wu

Dept. of Naval Arch. & Ocean Eng., South China Univ. of Tech., No.381 Wushan Road,Tianhe, Guangzhou 510640, China

Dongjun Chen

Dept. of Naval Arch. & Ocean Eng., South China Univ. of Tech., No.381 Wushan Road, Tianhe, Guangzhou 510640, China

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4042533 History: Received July 31, 2018; Revised January 05, 2019


A three-dimensional hydrodynamics and control model to simulate a tethered underwater robot system is proposed. The fluid motion around the robot main body with control ducted propellers is governed by the Navier-Stokes equations, and multiple sliding mesh technique is applied for the numerical solution of the equations. The governing equation of umbilical cable is based on the Ablow and Schechter method. The six-degrees-of-freedom equations of motion for underwater vehicle simulations are adopted to estimate the hydrodynamic performance of the underwater robot. In the model, a hybrid feed-forward and feedback control technique is applied to adjust the length of the umbilical cable, the incremental PID control algorithm is adopt to regulate the rotating speeds of the ducted propellers. The numerical results indicate that the multiple control techniques applied in this paper are feasible and effective, the adjusting the length of the umbilical cable is largely responsible for the vertical trajectory control to the robot, while regulating the rotating speeds of the propellers play a leading role in the horizontal trajectory manipulation, the deviation between the designated trajectory and the controlled one is acceptable.

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