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Development and implementation of an adaptive roll stabilisation system for use on fishing vessels

Lookup NU author(s): Ben Webster, Emrys Jones, Professor Richard Birmingham, Professor Tony Roskilly


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Free-surface stabilisation tanks are frequently installed on fishing vessels over a certain size. The use of these tanks is however far from ideal, with the common misconception amongst crews being that as they aie often referred to as Stability Tanks, filling them improves the inherent stability of a vessel. With the actual situation being the opposite of this commonly held belief, a system which improves the roll motion of a vessel, while incorporating fail safe measures to ensure the negative effect of a free-surface stabiliser on the vessel's stability is minimised, but requires very little if any human intervention, is ideally suited to the operational needs and knowledge base of the fishing industry. In order to be effective an anti-roll system for use on fishing vessels must be capable of dealing with the ever changing loading and operating conditions. This paper reports on a programme of research and development undertaken at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne to incorporate continuous adaptive control into the operation of free-surface stabilisation tanks. © 2005: The Royal Institution of Naval Architects.

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Author(s): Webster BN, Jones EB, Dannenberg J, Traenkmann I, Birmingham RW, Roskilly AP

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Royal Institution of Naval Architects International Conference on Fishing Vessels, Fishing Technology and Fisheries

Year of Conference: 2005

Pages: 81-87

Publisher: Royal Institution of Naval Architects

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 1905040113