In this thesis, we investigate the problem of bringing various behaviours of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles under a common control framework. Thereby, we propose a unified guidance and control framework for AUVs based on the task priority control approach. This incorporate various behaviors such as path following, terrain following, obstacle avoidance, as well as homing and docking to stationary and moving docking stations. The integration of homing and docking maneuvers into the task priority framework is thus a novel contribution of this thesis. This integration allows, for example, to execute homing maneuvers close to uneven seafloor or obstacles, ensuring the safety of the AUV by giving the highest priority to the safety tasks. Furthermore, the proposed approach tackles a wide range of scenarios without ad hoc solutions. Indeed, the proposed approach is well suited for both the emerging trend of resident AUVs, which stay underwater for a long period inside garage stations, exiting to perform inspection and maintenance missions and homing back to them, and for AUVs that are required to dock to moving stations such as surface vehicles, or towed docking stations. The proposed techniques are further studied in a simulation setting, taking into account the rich number of aforementioned scenarios.

A Unified Task Priority Control Framework Design for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

THOMAS, CRIS
2022

Abstract

In this thesis, we investigate the problem of bringing various behaviours of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles under a common control framework. Thereby, we propose a unified guidance and control framework for AUVs based on the task priority control approach. This incorporate various behaviors such as path following, terrain following, obstacle avoidance, as well as homing and docking to stationary and moving docking stations. The integration of homing and docking maneuvers into the task priority framework is thus a novel contribution of this thesis. This integration allows, for example, to execute homing maneuvers close to uneven seafloor or obstacles, ensuring the safety of the AUV by giving the highest priority to the safety tasks. Furthermore, the proposed approach tackles a wide range of scenarios without ad hoc solutions. Indeed, the proposed approach is well suited for both the emerging trend of resident AUVs, which stay underwater for a long period inside garage stations, exiting to perform inspection and maintenance missions and homing back to them, and for AUVs that are required to dock to moving stations such as surface vehicles, or towed docking stations. The proposed techniques are further studied in a simulation setting, taking into account the rich number of aforementioned scenarios.
autonomous underwater vehicles; task priority control; unified framework design; homing; docking
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