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Marine Control Systems I



Course format On-site
Date 2020-08-17 - 2020-12-20

The course focuses on mathematical modelling and design of control systems for various marine operations, motion control, positioning, manoeuvring, machinery systems and propulsion systems for ships, underwater vehicles and floating marine structures. This includes dynamic positioning, thruster assisted position mooring, motion damping, crane control, machinery systems, propellers, thrusters, rudders, electrical power generation and distribution for maritime electrical installations. Application areas are shipping, offshore oil and gas, fisheries and aquaculture, and ocean science. Process knowledge including mathematical modelling is emphasized. Introduction to conventional linear monovariable (SISO) and multivariable (MIMO) control and observer designs (PID, LQG, Kalman filtering, hybrid control, etc.) for marine applications will be given. Methods for design and operation of autonomous ships and underwater vehicles will be introduced. This includes situational awareness and risk-based control. It will also be given an overview of implementation aspects including signal processing, filtering and signal detection. Methods for analysis and design of time-discrete control systems, including sampling of time-continuous systems, input-output models, z-transform, poles and zeroes, stability analysis. Aspects related to safety and performance of marine control systems, and authority and class requirements will be treated.

Learning outcomes

After the course is completed the students shall be able to develop mathematical models and design control systems for propulsion and motion controllers for ships, underwater vehicles and other floating structures based on fundamental physical laws and observed relations.

The students shall be able to:

  • Understand the concept of mathematical modeling for design, analysis and verification of marine control systems for ships, rigs, underwater vehicles and slender structures.
  • Be able to develop both advanced numerical simulation models for testing and verification as well as simplified models used in model-based marine control systems.
  • Understand the fundamental structure and architecture in marine control systems from low-level control of motors and propellers to high-level control and optimization of references subject to the particular marine operation, desired behavior and constraints.
  • Understand the fundamental principles of computer-controlled systems, signal processing, filtering and fault detection.
  • Be able to design and analyze controllers for dynamic positioning, thruster assisted position mooring, motion control, machinery systems and power management systems.
  • Be able to apply classical linear monovariable and multivariable control and observer theory (PID, LQG, Kalman filering, hybrid control, ..)
  • Understand the main principles for design and operation of autonomous marine systems.
  • Understand fundamental safety requirements from class societies and authorities for testing, verification and certification of marine control systems.


Control Engineering (TTK4105) or similar is a prerequisite.

Recommended previous knowledge

It is recommended to study this course in series with TMR4243 Marine Control Systems II. Additionally, it is recommended to study the course TTK4190 Guidance and Control.


ISCED Categories

Scientific modelling
Machinery and operators