Journal of Process Control, Vol.22, No.10, 1966-1974, 2012
Robust MPC for tracking zone regions based on nominal predictions
This paper deals with the problem of robust tracking of target sets using a model predictive control (MPC) law. Real industries applications often require a control strategy in which some system outputs are controlled within specified ranges or zones (zone control), while some others variables possibly including input variables are steered to fixed target or setpoint. From a theoretical point of view, the control objective of this kind of problem can be seen as a target set (in the output space) instead of a target point, since inside the zones there are no preferences between one point or another. This problem is particularly interesting in case of additive disturbances which might push the outputs out of the zones. In this work, a stable robust MPC formulation for constrained linear systems, based on nominal predictions is presented. The main features of this controller are the use of nominal predictions, restricted constraints and the concept of distance from a point to a set as offset cost function. The controller ensures both recursive feasibility and local optimality. The properties of the controller are shown in a simulation test, in which we consider a subsystem of an industrial FCC system. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.