Marine Vessel Models in Changing Operational Conditions - A Tutorial

Tristan Perez, Asgeir Sørensen, Mogens Blanke

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This tutorial paper provides an introduction, from a systems perspective, to the topic of ship motion dynamics of surface ships. It presents a classification of parametric models currently used for monitoring and control of marine vessels. These models are valid for certain vessel operational conditions (VOC). However, since marine systems operate in changing VOCs, there is a need to adapt the models. To date, there is no theory available to describe a general model valid across different VOCs due to the complexity of the hydrodynamic involved. It is believed that system identification could provide a significant contribution towards obtaining such a general model. Therefore, the main aim of the paper is to highlight the essential characteristics of marine system dynamics so as to provide a background for practitioners who would attempt future application of system identification techniques to marine systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication16th IFAC Symposium on System Identification, SYSID'2006
Publication date2006
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event14th IFAC Symposium on System Identification (SYSID 2006) - Newcastle, Australia
Duration: 1 Jan 2006 → …
Conference number: 14


Conference14th IFAC Symposium on System Identification (SYSID 2006)
Period01/01/2006 → …


  • Adaptive systems
  • Ship modelling
  • Ship modelling for control

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