Path Following with Disturbance Rejection for Inhomogeneous Formations with Underactuated Agents
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Original versionProceedings of the IEEE 2015:1023-1030 10.1109/ECC.2015.7330675
This paper considers straight-line path following for inhomogeneous formations with underactuated agents. The formation can be comprised of agents with different dynamics that are each affected by a different unknown environmental disturbance. Formation path following is achieved using a twofold strategy consisting of a guidance law to steer each vessel to a predefined path and a decentralised nonlinear formation control law utilising local information only to synchronise the agents position along the path such that a desired formation is achieved. The resulting closed-loop error dynamics consisting of the path-following error dynamics and formation error dynamics is analysed using theory for feedback-interconnected systems. The origin of the closed-loop error dynamics is shown to be uniformly globally asymptotically stable. The control strategy is validated with simulation results in a case study.