Slew Control Methods for Tower Cranes: Performance comparison of different methods with a focus on optimal control.

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Today, tower cranes are in widespread use on construction sites all around the world. An important issue that arises when operating these cranes is the oscillatory behavior that occurs uring payload transportation, which can have severe effects on safety as well as accuracy of ayload delivery. Due to the nonlinear nature of the rotating crane motion, controlling these scillations is a complex task. Additionally, the lack of sensors on many cranes that are in se today requires extra effort to design effective control strategies. While current research has ade good progress on the subject of tower crane control, less attention has been given to the ractical implications of applying these control methods to industrial tower cranes.
This thesis provides a comparison of some of the best possible tower crane control strategies hat can be achieved using modern control concepts. A performance analysis as well as a more ractical comparison through a real-time tower crane simulator will give a deeper insight into he theoretical and practical limitations of these methods.
Date of Award19 Jun 2012
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorPatrick Guillaume (Jury), Lei Feng (Promotor), Marcus Ramteen (Promotor) & Jan Wikander (Jury)


  • Tower crane
  • Vibration
  • Control
  • Swing-free

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