Due to the important role of hydrodynamic coefficients in the control and guidance of an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), sensitivity analysis is proposed here, as a preliminary step to motion control design. Taking the standard maneuvers, including turning circle and horizontal and vertical zigzag, the sensitivity of various hydrodynamic coefficients with respect to velocities and position is determined. Such analyses are then used to classify the model parameters into three categories, as non-sensitive coefficients, coefficients with low influence on the motion and more sensitive coefficients.

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