Idealized modeling of planar fishlike swimming for motion<br/><br/>control<br/><br/>
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Models for aquatic locomotion generally seek to balance fidelity and scope with analytical or computational tractability. When the goal in model development is a platform for model-based feedback control design, analytical structure is essential to provide a point of access for most current design techniques, but some fidelity may be sacrificed as long as the scope of the model encompasses the range of situations under which control will be applied. This talk will describe a model for simplified fishlike swimming based on the Hamiltonian equations governing the interaction of a free deformable body with a system of point vortices in a planar ideal fluid. The use of this model in designing motion-control strategies for a biologically inspired robotic vehicle will be discussed, with a particular focus on the realization of energy-efficient gaits for solitary swimming and energy-harvesting methods for controlled schooling.