Advanced Control Design for Marine Diesel Engine Propulsion Systems

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R. Banning

Delft University of Technology, Prins Bernhardlaan, 6, 2628 BW Delft, The Netherlands

M. A. Johnson, M. J. Grimble

Industrial Control Centre, University of Strathclyde, Graham Hill Building, 50 George Street, Glasgow G1 1QE Scotland

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 119(2), 167-174 (Jun 01, 1997) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2801229 History: Received November 03, 1992; Revised September 12, 1995; Online December 03, 2007


A new marine diesel engine propulsion control design procedure is proposed which is applicable to a wide range of marine vessels. This procedure combines linear optimal H∞ control methods with non-linear control techniques to address the propulsion system’s nonlinearity. Simulation results show that a tracking control system aimed at saving fuel and optimizing efficiency may be obtained which is applicable across all maneuvring regimes. This compares favorably with the situation in some operating scenarios where the use of the linear controller alone can result in poor performance or even instability.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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