Nonlinear Model Predictive Control: Theory and Algorithms

L. Grüne, J. Pannek: Nonlinear Model Predictive Control: Theory and Algorithms
in: xii + 370 pages, Communications and Control Engineering, Springer Verlag, 2011, xii + 370 pages

ISBN/ISSN/ISMV Nummer: 978-0857295002
DOI: 10.1007/978-0-85729-501-9
Keywords: control; control applications; control engineering; control theory; feedback control; model predictive control; nonlinear control, numerical methods; optimal control


Nonlinear model predictive control (NMPC) is widely used in the process and chemical industries and increasingly for applications, such as those in the automotive industry, which use higher data sampling rates.

Nonlinear Model Predictive Control is a thorough and rigorous introduction to NMPC for discrete-time and sampled-data systems. NMPC is interpreted as an approximation of infinite-horizon optimal control so that important properties like closed-loop stability, inverse optimality and suboptimality can be derived in a uniform manner. These results are complemented by discussions of feasibility and robustness. NMPC schemes with and without stabilizing terminal constraints are detailed and intuitive examples illustrate the performance of different NMPC variants. An introduction to nonlinear optimal control algorithms gives insight into how the nonlinear optimisation routine – the core of any NMPC controller – works. An appendix covering NMPC software and accompanying software in MATLAB® and C++ (downloadable from enables readers to perform computer experiments exploring the possibilities and limitations of NMPC.

Nonlinear Model Predictive Control is primarily aimed at academic researchers and practitioners working in control and optimisation but the text is self-contained featuring background material on infinite-horizon optimal control and Lyapunov stability theory which makes the book accessible to graduate students of control engineering and applied mathematics.


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