Fault-tolerant Compensation Control Based on Sliding Mode Technique of Unmanned Marine Vehicles Subject to Unknown Persistent Ocean Disturbances

  • Li-Ying Hao
  • He Zhang
  • Wei YueEmail author
  • Hui Li


This paper is concerned with a robust adaptive fault-tolerant compensation control problem based on sliding mode technique for an unmanned marine vehicle (UMV) with thruster faults and unknown persistent ocean disturbances. A general thruster fault model including partial, total and time-varying stuck is built for the first time. Once the thrusters occur unknown and time-varying stuck faults, the mission of the UMV may be canceled. To avoid it, full-rank decomposition of the thruster configuration matrix is made, based on which a linear sliding surface is constructed and adaptive mechanism is incorporated into sliding mode reaching law. Without the prior knowledge of ocean external disturbances, sliding mode stability is analyzed and a sufficient stability condition through H͚ technique is given. Further the nonlinear unit vector gain of the adaptive sliding mode fault-tolerant compensation controller is designed to ensure the UMV system errors converge to zero independent of fault detection and diagnosis (FDD) mechanism. Finally, the comparison simulation results through a typical floating production ship are shown to testify the feasibility of the presented method.


Fault-tolerant control persistent disturbances sliding mode control thruster faults unmanned marine vehicle 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Marine Electrical EngineeringDalian Maritime UniversityDalian, LiaoningChina
  2. 2.College of Information Science and TechnologyDalian Maritime UniversityDalian, LiaoningChina

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