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Thruster Allocation for Dynamical Positioning

Poppe, K and Bouwe van den Berg, J and Blank, E (2010) Thruster Allocation for Dynamical Positioning. [Study Group Report]



Positioning a vessel at a fixed position in deep water is of great importance when working offshore. In recent years a Dynamical Positioning (DP) system was developed at Marin [2]. After the measurement of the current position and external forces (like waves, wind etc.), each thruster of the vessel is actively controlled to hold the desired location.
In this paper we focus on the allocation process to determine the settings for each thruster that results in the minimal total power and thus fuel consumption. The mathematical formulation of this situation leads to a nonlinear optimization problem with equality and inequality constraints, which can be solved by applying Lagrange multipliers.
We give three approaches: first of all, the full problem was solved using the MATLAB fmincon routine with the solution from the linearised problem as a starting point. This implementation, with robust handling of the situations where the thrusters are overloaded, lead to promising results: an average reduction in fuel consumption of approximately two percent. However, further analysis proved useful. A second approach changes the set of variables and so reduces the number of equations. The third and last approach solves the Lagrange equations with an iterative method on the linearized Lagrange problem.

Item Type:Study Group Report
Problem Sectors:Environment
Energy and utilities
Transport and Automotive
Study Groups:European Study Group with Industry > ESGI 72 (SWI 2010) (Amsterdam, Netherlands, Jan 25-29, 2010)
Company Name:Maritime Research Institute, Netherlands
ID Code:583
Deposited By: Mark Curtis
Deposited On:29 Oct 2012 16:08
Last Modified:29 May 2015 20:12

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