A GENERAL NUMERICAL METHOD FOR DETERMINING OPTIMUM SHIP ROUTES

Frank D. Faulkner

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Abstract: A method is given for determining optimum ship routes on a digital computer. This paper is limited to the problem of determining minimum time courses when the speed is a known function of the position, heading, and time. The method is based on Bliss' methods for calculating differentials, usually applied in a Newton interation to determine the course. It is very general, but it requires a knowledge of Bliss's adjoint methods. The paper is self-contained; a simple case is given in detail and others outlined. The advent of highspeed digital computers in the past few years now makes the solution of such problems feasible.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 10, Number 2
Pages: 143 - 148
Cite this article: Faulkner, Frank D., "A GENERAL NUMERICAL METHOD FOR DETERMINING OPTIMUM SHIP ROUTES", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 10, No. 2, Summer 1963, pp. 143-148.
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