Direct Adaptive Rejection of Vortex-Induced Disturbances for a Powered Spar Platform Conference Paper uri icon


  • The Rapidly Deployable Stable Platform (RDSP) is a novel vessel designed to be a reconfigurable, stable at-sea platform. It consists of a detachable catamaran and spar, performing missions with the spar extending vertically below the catamaran and hoisting it completely out of the water. Multiple thrusters located along the spar allow it to be actively controlled in this configuration. A controller is presented in this work that uses an adaptive feedback algorithm in conjunction with Direct Adaptive Disturbance Rejection (DADR) to mitigate persistent, vortex-induced disturbances. Given the frequency of a disturbance, the nominal DADR scheme adaptively compensates for its unknown amplitude and phase. This algorithm is extended to adapt to a disturbance frequency that is only coarsely known by including a Phase Locked Loop (PLL). The PLL improves the frequency estimate on-line, allowing the modified controller to reduce vortex-induced motions by more than 95% using achievable thrust inputs.

name of conference

  • Volume 5: Polar and Arctic Sciences and Technology; CFD and VIV

published proceedings

  • Volume 5: Polar and Arctic Sciences and Technology; CFD and VIV

author list (cited authors)

  • VanZwieten, T. S., VanZwieten, J. H., Balas, M. J., & Driscoll, F. R.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • VanZwieten, Tannen S||VanZwieten, James H||Balas, Mark J||Driscoll, Frederick R

publication date

  • January 2009