On time-optimal anti-sway controller design for bridge cranes

Formentin S., M. Ermidoro, F. Previdi, S.M. Savaresi

In this paper, we analyze and discuss the time optimal control problem for bridge cranes. Specifically, we employ the geometric approach introduced in [12] to address the control issue without computing the analytic trajectory of the costate. As a second contribution, we show that an alternative approach based on a proportional controller accounting for the limits of the control action can be tuned to resemble to the time-optimal solution, but with simpler and more robust implementation. The above ideas are validated by means of some simulation examples.