A new active gyrostabiliser system for ride control of marine vehicles

Townsend, N.C., Murphy, A.J. and Shenoi, R.A. (2006) A new active gyrostabiliser system for ride control of marine vehicles Ocean Engineering, 34, (11-12), pp. 1607-1617. (doi:10.1016/j.oceaneng.2006.11.004).


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A new gyroscopic method of active ride control on marine vehicles is presented. Gyroscopic stabilisation is selected because it acts entirely within the hull of the vessel while not requiring sufficient movable weight to generate control moments. The new approach is capable of generating greater stabilising moments than existing gyroscopic systems.
Physical experiments, using a modulation theory approach, on a ship-model practically demonstrate that the specified system is capable of providing levels of ride control comparable with existing systems. Theoretical estimates of the system on full-scale vessels demonstrate its practical feasibility for application on small and medium sized vessels.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.oceaneng.2006.11.004
ISSNs: 0029-8018 (print)
Keywords: gyro stabilisation, ride control, motion control, sea keeping, ship model experimentation, modulation theory
Organisations: Fluid Structure Interactions Group
ePrint ID: 38201
Date :
Date Event
5 June 2006Submitted
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 22:00
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/38201

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