Event-Triggered Dynamic Surface Control of an Underactuated Autonomous Surface Vehicle for Target Enclosing

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Original languageEnglish
Article number9032369
Pages (from-to)3402-3412
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
Issue number4
Online published11 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021


This article addresses the event-triggered dynamic surface control of an underactuated autonomous surface vehicle with unknown kinetics for circumnavigating a dynamic target with unknown velocity. A modular design approach to the event-triggered dynamic surface control is proposed for target enclosing. In the estimator module, an extended state observer is employed for estimating the relative motion between the target and the surface vehicle. A fuzzy system is used for online modeling the unknown vehicle kinetics. In the controller module, an event-triggered dynamic surface control law is constructed by using the estimated relative velocities and vehicle kinetics in the estimator module. In the control law, a triggered mechanism is introduced to reduce the transmission load and the execution rate of actuators. Besides, the control inputs are bounded with the aid of a projection operator and saturated functions. The input-to-state stability of the closed-loop target enclosing system is proven through Lyapunov analysis. Simulation results substantiate the effectiveness of the event-triggered dynamic surface control method for circumnavigating a maneuvering target.

Research Area(s)

  • Autonomous surface vehicle, dynamic surface control, event-triggered control (ETC), modular design, target enclosing