The impact of control system design on ship performance has been significant in different applications of ship motion control. This mograph introduces ship motion control by studying the problems of control system design for course autopilots with rudder roll stabilisation and combined rudder-fin stabilisers. Ship Motion Control revisits the ingredients that make these control designs challenging and proposes a contemporary control system design approach to meet that challenge. Organised in four parts, the book deals with: - appropriate mathematical models of the ship and disturbances; - understanding of how performance will be assessed; - kwledge of fundamental limitations on desired performance; - control system design. Ship Motion Control will interest the practising marine engineer and the academic engaged in research into this important control problem, even if new to the area. It will also be an ideal source of reference for students and tutors involved with marine and control engineering courses.
Tristan Perez has a strong interest in the area of dynamic modelling nad control which has been focussed towards marine applications since his Ph.D. This book is the culmination of five years of research effort which has already given rise to the publication of refereed journal papers and professional magazine articles. He has also had industrial experience, working in a shipyard on the area of seakeeping (ship performance). The book is written with knowledge of the user's point of view because of this experience. Doctor Perez transferred from the well-known and respected control group at The University of Newcastle, Australia to the Centre for Ships and Ocean Structures at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in June 2004.