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—Explicit formulas of smooth time-varying state feedbacks, which make the origin of an underactuated surface vessel globally uniformly asymptotically stable, are proposed. The construction of the feedback extensively relies on the backstepping approach. The feedbacks constructed are time-periodic functions.
The paper shows that a large class of underactuated vehicles cannot be asymptotically stabilized by either continuous nor discontinuous state feedback. Furthermore , stabilization of an underactuated surface vessel is considered. Controllability properties of the surface vessel is presented, and a continuous periodic time-varying feedback law is proposed.… (More)
Increasing efficiency by improving the locomotion methods is a key issue for underwater robots. Hence, an accurate dynamic model is important for both controller design and efficient locomotion methods. This paper presents a model of the kinematics and dynamics of a planar, underwater snake robot aimed at control design. Fluid contact forces and torques are… (More)
—In this paper, we address the tracking problem for an underactuated ship using two controls, namely surge force and yaw moment. A simple state-feedback control law is developed and proved to render the tracking error dynamics globally-exponentially stable. Experimental results are presented where the controller is implemented on a scale model of an… (More)
The paper considers feedback stabilization of the position and attitude of an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) with a reduced number of actuators. A nonlinear model describing both the dynamics and the kinematics of an AUV is studied. The paper shows that previous results on attitude stabilization of a spacecraft can be applied to exponentially stabilize… (More)