Marine Systems Identification, Modeling and Control

Marine Systems Identification, Modeling and Control

1st Edition - March 9, 2015

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  • Authors: Tony Roskilly, Rikard Mikalsen
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081000106
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780080999968

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Marine Systems Identification, Modeling and Control is a concise, stand-alone resource covering the theory and practice of dynamic systems and control for marine engineering students and professionals. Developed from a distance learning CPD course on marine control taught by the authors, the book presents the essentials of the subject, including system representation and transfer, feedback control and closed loop stability. Simulation code and worked examples are provided for both Scilab and MATLAB, making it suitable for both those without access to expensive software and those using MATLAB in a professional setting. This title considers the key topics without superfluous detail and is illustrated with marine industry examples.

Key Features

  • Concise and practical, covering the relevant theory without excessive detail
  • Industry-specific examples and applications for marine engineering students and professionals
  • Clearly presents key topics of the subject, including system representation and transfer, feedback control and closed loop stability, making it ideal for self-study or reference
  • Simulation code and worked examples using Scilab and MATLAB provided on the book’s companion website


Practicing marine engineers and other marine professionals needing a reference on the topic. Students in marine technology courses, including introductory courses to marine systems and control at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Graduates working in industry undertaking CPD/further qualification courses (like MTEC, in the UK) or self-study.

Table of Contents

    • Preface
    • Chapter One: Introduction
      • Abstract
      • 1.1 Introduction to Control Systems
      • 1.2 History of Control Engineering
      • 1.3 Control System Structure
      • 1.4 System Dynamics
      • 1.5 Advanced Control Engineering Topics
      • 1.6 Software for Control System Analysis and Design
      • Questions
    • Chapter Two: System Representation in the Time Domain
      • Abstract
      • 2.1 Systems and System Study
      • 2.2 Marine System Types
      • 2.3 System Modeling
      • 2.4 System Realities
      • 2.5 Standard Form of Differential Equations
      • 2.6 System Identification from Test Data
      • 2.7 Example: Modeling an Electric Pump Drive
      • Questions
    • Chapter Three: System Transfer Functions
      • Abstract
      • 3.1 Laplace Transforms
      • 3.2 Transfer Functions in the s-Domain
      • 3.3 s-Domain Poles and Zeros
      • 3.4 Transient Response of First-Order Systems
      • 3.5 Transient Response of Second-Order Systems
      • 3.6 Higher-Order Systems
      • 3.7 Electric Pump Drive in the s-Domain
      • Questions
    • Chapter Four: Feedback Control
      • Abstract
      • 4.1 Block Diagram Reduction
      • 4.2 Error-Actuated Feedback Control
      • 4.3 Controller Action: Proportional, Derivative, Integral, Velocity Feedback
      • 4.4 Disturbance Rejection
      • 4.5 Examples of Feedback Control Systems
      • Questions
    • Chapter Five: Closed-Loop Stability
      • Abstract
      • 5.1 Routh-Hurwitz Stability Criterion
      • 5.2 Root Locus
      • Questions
    • Chapter Six: Frequency Domain Analysis
      • Abstract
      • 6.1 Frequency Response
      • 6.2 Stability in the Frequency Domain
      • 6.3 Bode Diagrams
      • 6.4 Nyquist Diagrams
      • 6.5 M and N Circles
      • 6.6 Example: Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
      • Questions
    • Appendix A: Laplace Transforms Table
    • Appendix B: Mathematics Background
      • B.1 Complex Numbers
      • B.2 Partial Fractions
      • B.3 Determinants and Principal Minors
    • Appendix C: Solutions to Questions
      • Question 1.1
      • Question 2.1
      • Question 2.2
      • Question 2.3
      • Question 3.1
      • Question 3.2
      • Question 3.3
      • Question 3.4
      • Question 3.5
      • Question 3.6
      • Question 4.1
      • Question 4.2
      • Question 4.3
      • Question 4.4
      • Question 5.1
      • Question 5.2
      • Question 5.3
      • Question 5.4
      • Question 5.5
      • Question 5.5
      • Question 6.1
      • Question 6.2
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 190
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2015
  • Published: March 9, 2015
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081000106
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780080999968

About the Authors

Tony Roskilly

Prof. Roskilly has taught marine control at undergraduate and postgraduate level for more than 20 years. He has extensive research experience and a strong publication track record in the modeling and control of complex systems. He is a member of the Technical Committee for Marine Systems, International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and Editor of the IMarEST Journal of Marine Engineering and Technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chair of Marine Engineering and Dean of Research, Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering, Newcastle University, UK

Rikard Mikalsen

Dr. Mikalsen has supported the delivery of on-campus and distance learning courses in marine dynamics and control for more than 6 years, including teaching the use of software tools for simulation and analysis of dynamic systems and development of teaching material for these courses. In addition to his first degree in Marine Engineering he has a PhD in modelling and simulation of thermal power systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Associate, Newcastle University, UK; Technology and Intellectual Property Analyst, Aker Solutions

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