Dynautics thrives on challenge. We work with our clients from the conceptual design stage through to successful deployment at sea. Often, problems may be encountered during the development cycle – such as high inrush currents drawn by large capacitative loads, sonar systems, and some switch-mode power supplies. Dynautics works with our clients to integrate their sensors and system. With our experience in electronics, we can help our clients to test the interactions between the different parts of their systems, to detect, measure and understand these problems when they occur, and to come up with solutions.
With our backgrounds in physics, electronic engineering, and software engineering, the Dynautics engineering team works with our clients and with our suppliers to design the most appropriate solution to the problem, and to turn it into reality. Sometimes this requires lateral thinking, looking at the overall requirement and finding a new way to approach it.
The “lateral thinking” approach has led to some pioneering advances in vehicle control. Dynautics was one of the first teams to develop self tuning autopilots; we have developed dynamic positioning algorithms that are at the cutting edge of what is possible.
As an example of special functions and problem solving, we were presented with a problem on a fast patrol boat powered by twin waterjets. The engines developed so much power that the impellers cavitated at intermediate speeds, so that the boat decelerated instead of accelerating up to its top speed. Within a short time, we had understood and measured the system parameters; we designed an algorithm which was able to modify the rpm and pitch demands delicately enough to keep the boat accelerating through the cavitation regime. Within two days, we were able to deliver an algorithm which enabled the boat to reach top speed in the shortest possible time.