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“An Overview of the Marine Systems Simulator (MSS): A Simulink Toolbox for Marine Control Systems”

Authors: Tristan Perez, Øyvind N. Smogeli, Thor I. Fossen and Asgeir J. Sørensen,
Affiliation: NTNU, Centre for Ships and Ocean Structures and NTNU
Reference: 2006, Vol 27, No 4, pp. 259-275.

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Keywords: Marine system dynamics, models, simulations

Abstract: The Marine Systems Simulator (MSS) is an environment which provides the necessary resources for rapid implementation of mathematical models of marine systems with focus on control system design. The simulator targets models¡Xand provides examples ready to simulate¡Xof different floating structures and its systems performing various operations. The platform adopted for the development of MSS is Matlab/Simulink. This allows a modular simulator structure, and the possibility of distributed development. Openness and modularity of software components have been the prioritized design principles, which enables a systematic reuse of knowledge and results in efficient tools for research and education. This paper provides an overview of the structure of the MSS, its features, current accessability, and plans for future development.

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  title={{An Overview of the Marine Systems Simulator (MSS): A Simulink Toolbox for Marine Control Systems}},
  author={Perez, Tristan and Smogeli, Øyvind N. and Fossen, Thor I. and Sørensen, Asgeir J.},
  journal={Modeling, Identification and Control},
  publisher={Norwegian Society of Automatic Control}


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