# mpc

Model predictive controller

## Description

A model predictive controller uses linear plant, disturbance, and noise models to estimate the controller state and predict future plant outputs. Using the predicted plant outputs, the controller solves a quadratic programming optimization problem to determine control moves.

For more information on the structure of model predictive controllers, see MPC Prediction Models.

## Creation

### Syntax

### Description

creates a model predictive controller object based on the discrete-time prediction model
`mpcobj`

= mpc(`plant`

)`plant`

. The controller, `mpcobj`

, inherits its
control interval from `plant.Ts`

, and its time unit from
`plant.TimeUnit`

. All other controller properties are default values.
After you create the MPC controller, you can set its properties using dot
notation.

If `plant.Ts = -1`

, you must set the `Ts`

property of the controller to a positive value before designing and simulating your
controller.

creates a model predictive controller based on the specified plant model and sets the
`mpcobj`

= mpc(`plant`

,`ts`

)`Ts`

property of the controller. If `plant`

is:

A continuous-time model, then the controller discretizes the model for prediction using sample time

`ts`

A discrete-time model with a specified sample time, the controller resamples the plant for prediction using sample time

`ts`

A discrete-time model with an unspecified sample time (

`plant.Ts`

=`–1`

), it inherits the sample time`ts`

when used for predictions.

specifies the following controller properties. If any of these values are omitted or
empty, the default values apply.`mpcobj`

= mpc(`plant`

,`ts`

,`P`

,`M`

,`W`

,`MV`

,`OV`

,`DV`

)

`P`

sets the`PredictionHorizon`

property.`M`

sets the`ControlHorizon`

property.`W`

sets the`Weights`

property.`MV`

sets the`ManipulatedVariables`

property.`OV`

sets the`OutputVariables`

property.`DV`

sets the`DisturbanceVariables`

property.

creates a model predictive controller object based on the specified prediction model
set, which includes the plant, input disturbance, and measurement noise models along
with the nominal conditions at which the models were obtained. When you do not specify a
sample time, the plant model, `mpcobj`

= mpc(`model`

)`model.Plant`

, must be a discrete-time
model. This syntax sets the `Model`

property of the
controller.

creates a model predictive controller based on the specified plant model and sets the
`mpcobj`

= mpc(`model`

,`ts`

)`Ts`

property of the controller to `ts`

. If
`model.Plant`

is a discrete-time LTI model with an unspecified
sample time (`model.Plant.Ts`

= `–1`

), it inherits the
sample time `ts`

when used for predictions.

specifies additional controller properties. If any of these values are omitted or empty,
the default values apply.`mpcobj`

= mpc(`model`

,`ts`

,`P`

,`M`

,`W`

,`MV`

,`OV`

,`DV`

)

### Input Arguments

`plant`

— Plant prediction model

LTI model | identified linear model

Plant prediction model, specified as either an LTI model or a linear System Identification Toolbox™ model. The specified plant corresponds to the
`Model.Plant`

property of the controller.

If you do not specify a sample time when creating your controller,
`plant`

must be a discrete-time model. For prediction,
`plant`

is discretized or resampled if needed using
`mpcobj.Ts`

as sample time. Delays, if present, are incorporated
in the resulting discrete time model.

For more information on MPC prediction models, see MPC Prediction Models.

**Note**

Direct feedthrough from manipulated variables to any output in
`plant`

is not supported.

**Example: **`tf(10,[1 10])`

`model`

— Prediction model

structure

Prediction model, specified as a structure with the same format as the `Model`

property of the controller. If you do not specify a sample time when creating your
controller, `model.Plant`

must be a discrete-time model.

For more information on MPC prediction models, see MPC Prediction Models.

## Properties

`Ts`

— Controller sample time

positive scalar

Controller sample time, specified as a positive finite scalar. The controller uses a
discrete-time model with sample time `Ts`

for prediction. The time
unit is inherited from `plant.TimeUnit`

.

**Example: **`mpcobj.Ts = 0.1`

`PredictionHorizon`

— Prediction horizon

`10`

+ delay-dependent steps (default) | positive integer

Prediction horizon steps, specified as a positive integer. The product of
`PredictionHorizon`

and `Ts`

is the prediction
time; that is, how far the controller looks into the future.

If you specify a prediction horizon that is not larger than the number of steps
necessary to cover the longest delay among all the input-output channels, ```
Nd =
max(mpcobj.Model.Plant.IODelay(:))/mpcobj.Ts
```

, then the software
automatically increases the prediction horizon by `floor(Nd)`

.

**Example: **`mpcobj.PredictionHorizon = 15`

`ControlHorizon`

— Control horizon

`2`

(default) | positive integer | vector of positive integers

Control horizon, specified as one of the following:

Positive integer,

*m*, between`1`

and*p*, inclusive, where*p*is equal to`PredictionHorizon`

. In this case, the controller computes*m*free control moves occurring at times*k*through*k*+*m*-1, and holds the controller output constant for the remaining prediction horizon steps from*k*+*m*through*k*+*p*-1. Here,*k*is the current control interval.Vector of positive integers [

*m*_{1},*m*_{2}, …], specifying the lengths of blocking intervals. By default the controller computes*M*blocks of free moves, where*M*is the number of blocking intervals. The first free move applies to times*k*through*k*+*m*_{1}-1, the second free move applies from time*k*+*m*_{1}through*k*+*m*_{1}+*m*_{2}-1, and so on. Using block moves can improve the robustness of your controller. The sum of the values in`ControlHorizon`

must match the prediction horizon*p*. If you specify a vector whose sum is:Less than the prediction horizon, then the controller adds a blocking interval. The length of this interval is such that the sum of the interval lengths is

*p*. For example, if*p*=`10`

and you specify a control horizon of`ControlHorizon`

=`[1 2 3]`

, then the controller uses four intervals with lengths`[1 2 3 4]`

.Greater than the prediction horizon, then the intervals are truncated until the sum of the interval lengths is equal to

*p*. For example, if*p*=`10`

and you specify a control horizon of`ControlHorizon`

=`[1 2 3 6 7]`

, then the controller uses four intervals with lengths`[1 2 3 4]`

.

For more information on manipulated variable blocking, see Manipulated Variable Blocking.

**Example: **`mpcobj.ControlHorizon = 3`

`Model`

— Prediction model and nominal conditions

structure

Prediction model and nominal conditions, specified as a structure with the following fields. For more information on the MPC prediction model, see MPC Prediction Models and Controller State Estimation.

`Plant`

— Plant prediction model

LTI model | identified linear model

Plant prediction model, specified as either an LTI model or a linear System Identification Toolbox model.

**Note**

Direct feedthrough from manipulated variables to any output in
`plant`

is not supported.

**Example: **`mpcobj.Model.Plant = ss(-1,1,1,0)`

`Disturbance`

— Model describing expected unmeasured disturbances

LTI model

Model describing expected unmeasured disturbances, specified as an LTI model.
This model is required only when the plant has unmeasured disturbances. You can
set this disturbance model directly using dot notation or using the `setindist`

function.

By default, input disturbances are expected to be integrated white noise. To model the signal, an integrator with dimensionless unity gain is added for each unmeasured input disturbance, unless the addition causes the controller to lose state observability. In that case, the disturbance is expected to be white noise, and so, a dimensionless unity gain is added to that channel instead.

**Example: **```
mpcobj.Model.Disturbance = tf(5,[1
5])
```

`Noise`

— Model describing expected output measurement noise

LTI model

Model describing expected output measurement noise, specified as an LTI model.

By default, measurement noise is expected to be white noise with unit variance. To model the signal, a dimensionless unity gain is added for each measured channel.

**Example: **`mpcobj.Model.Noise = zpk(0,-1,1)`

`Nominal`

— Nominal operating point at which plant model is linearized

structure

Nominal operating point at which plant model is linearized, specified as a structure with the following fields.

Field | Description | Default |
---|---|---|

`X` | Plant state at operating point, specified as a column vector
with length equal to the number of states in
| zero vector |

`U` | Plant input at operating point, including manipulated variables
and measured and unmeasured disturbances, specified as a column vector
with length equal to the number of inputs in
| zero vector |

`Y` | Plant output at operating point, including measured and
unmeasured outputs, specified as a column vector with length equal to
the number of outputs in | zero vector |

`DX` | For continuous-time models, | zero vector |

`ManipulatedVariables`

— Manipulated variable information, bounds, and scale factors

structure array

Manipulated Variable (MV) information, bounds, and scale factors, specified as a
structure array with *N _{mv}* elements, where

*N*is the number of manipulated variables. To access this property, you can use the alias

_{mv}`MV`

instead
of `ManipulatedVariables`

.**Note**

Rates refer to the difference
Δ*u*(*k*)=*u*(*k*)-*u*(*k*-1).
Constraints and weights based on derivatives *du/dt* of
continuous-time input signals must be properly reformulated for the discrete-time
difference Δ*u*(*k*), using the approximation
*du/dt* ≅
Δ*u*(*k*)/*T*_{s}.

Each structure element has the following fields.

`Min`

— MV lower bound

`-Inf`

(default) | scalar | vector

Lower bound for a given manipulated variable, specified as a scalar or vector.
By default, this lower bound is `-Inf`

.

To use the same bound across the prediction horizon, specify a scalar value.

To vary the bound over the prediction horizon from time *k*
to time *k*+*p*-1, specify a vector of up to
*p* values. Here, *k* is the current time and
*p* is the prediction horizon. If you specify fewer than
*p* values, the final bound is used for the remaining steps of
the prediction horizon.

**Example: **```
mpcobj.ManipulatedVariables(1).Min =
-5
```

`Max`

— MV upper bound

`Inf`

(default) | scalar | vector

Upper bound for a given manipulated variable, specified as a scalar or vector.
By default, this upper bound is `Inf`

.

To use the same bound across the prediction horizon, specify a scalar value.

To vary the bound over the prediction horizon from time *k*
to time *k*+*p*-1, specify a vector of up to
*p* values. Here, *k* is the current time and
*p* is the prediction horizon. If you specify fewer than
*p* values, the final bound is used for the remaining steps of
the prediction horizon.

**Example: **```
mpcobj.ManipulatedVariables(1).Max =
5
```

`MinECR`

— MV lower bound softness

`0`

(default) | nonnegative scalar | vector

Softness of the lower bound for a given manipulated variable. A larger equal concern for relaxation (ECR) value indicates a softer constraint, specified as a nonnegative scalar or vector. By default, MV lower bounds are hard constraints.

To use the same ECR value across the prediction horizon, specify a scalar value.

To vary the ECR value over the prediction horizon from time
*k* to time *k*+*p*-1,
specify a vector of up to *p* values. Here, *k*
is the current time and *p* is the prediction horizon. If you
specify fewer than *p* values, the final ECR value is used for
the remaining steps of the prediction horizon.

**Example: **```
mpcobj.ManipulatedVariables(1).MinECR =
0.01
```

`MaxECR`

— MV upper bound

`0`

(default) | nonnegative scalar | vector

Softness of the upper bound for a given manipulated variable. A larger equal concern for relaxation (ECR) value indicates a softer constraint, specified as a nonnegative scalar or vector. By default, MV upper bounds are hard constraints.

To use the same ECR value across the prediction horizon, specify a scalar value.

To vary the ECR value over the prediction horizon from time
*k* to time *k*+*p*-1,
specify a vector of up to *p* values. Here, *k*
is the current time and *p* is the prediction horizon. If you
specify fewer than *p* values, the final ECR value is used for
the remaining steps of the prediction horizon.

**Example: **```
mpcobj.ManipulatedVariables(1).MaxECR =
0.01
```

`RateMin`

— MV rate of change lower bound

`-Inf`

(default) | nonpositive scalar | vector

Lower bound for the rate of change of a given manipulated variable, specified
as a nonpositive scalar or vector. The MV rate of change is defined as
*MV*(*k*) -
*MV*(*k*-1), where *k* is the
current time. By default, this lower bound is `-Inf`

.

To use the same bound across the prediction horizon, specify a scalar value.

To vary the bound over the prediction horizon from time *k*
to time *k*+*p*-1, specify a vector of up to
*p* values. Here, *k* is the current time and
*p* is the prediction horizon. If you specify fewer than
*p* values, the final bound is used for the remaining steps of
the prediction horizon.

**Example: **```
mpcobj.ManipulatedVariables(1).RateMin =
-2
```

`RateMax`

— MV rate of change upper bound

`Inf`

(default) | nonnegative scalar | vector

Upper bound for the rate of change of a given manipulated variable, specified
as a nonnegative scalar or vector. The MV rate of change is defined as
*MV*(*k*) -
*MV*(*k*-1), where *k* is the
current time. By default, this lower bound is `Inf`

.

To use the same bound across the prediction horizon, specify a scalar value.

*k*
to time *k*+*p*-1, specify a vector of up to
*p* values. Here, *k* is the current time and
*p* is the prediction horizon. If you specify fewer than
*p* values, the final bound is used for the remaining steps of
the prediction horizon.

**Example: **```
mpcobj.ManipulatedVariables(1).RateMax =
2
```

`RateMinECR`

— MV rate of change lower bound softness

`0`

(default) | nonnegative finite scalar | vector

Softness of the lower bound for the rate of change of a given manipulated variable. A larger equal concern for relaxation (ECR) value indicates a softer constraint, specified as a nonnegative finite scalar or vector. By default, MV rate of change lower bounds are hard constraints.

To use the same ECR value across the prediction horizon, specify a scalar value.

To vary the ECR values over the prediction horizon from time
*k* to time *k*+*p*-1,
specify a vector of up to *p* values. Here, *k*
is the current time and *p* is the prediction horizon. If you
specify fewer than *p* values, the final ECR values are used for
the remaining steps of the prediction horizon.

**Example: **```
mpcobj.ManipulatedVariables(2).RateMinECR =
0.01
```

`RateMaxECR`

— MV rate of change upper bound softness

`0`

(default) | nonnegative finite scalar | vector

Softness of the upper bound for the rate of change of a given manipulated variable. A larger equal concern for relaxation (ECR) value indicates a softer constraint, specified as a nonnegative finite scalar or vector. By default, MV rate of change upper bounds are hard constraints.

To use the same ECR value across the prediction horizon, specify a scalar value.

To vary the ECR values over the prediction horizon from time
*k* to time *k*+*p*-1,
specify a vector of up to *p* values. Here, *k*
is the current time and *p* is the prediction horizon. If you
specify fewer than *p* values, the final ECR values are used for
the remaining steps of the prediction horizon.

**Example: **```
mpcobj.ManipulatedVariables(2).RateMaxECR =
0.01
```

`Target`

— MV targets

`'nominal'`

(default) | scalar | vector

Targets for a given manipulated variable, specified as a scalar, vector, or as
`'nominal'`

(default). When `Target`

is
`'nominal'`

, then the manipulated variable targets correspond
to `mpcobj.Model.Nominal.U`

.

To use the same target across the prediction horizon, specify a scalar value.

To vary the target over the prediction horizon from time *k*
to time *k*+*p*-1, specify a vector of up to
*p* values. Here, *k* is the current time and
*p* is the prediction horizon. If you specify fewer than
*p* values, the final value is used for the remaining steps of
the prediction horizon.

You might want to set target values for some manipulated variables, along with corresponding nonzero cost function weights, for economic or operational reasons, whenever you have more manipulated variables than plant outputs. For more information, see Design MPC Controller for Nonsquare Plants and Setting Targets for Manipulated Variables.

**Example: **```
mpcobj.ManipulatedVariables(2).Target = [0.3
0.2]
```

`Name`

— MV name

string | character vector

Name of a given manipulated variable, specified as a string or character
vector. This is a read-only property. To modify the names of manipulated
variables, use `mpcobj.Model.Plant.InputName`

.

**Example: **`mpcobj.ManipulatedVariables(2).Name`

`Units`

— MV units

`""`

(default) | string | character vector

Units of a given manipulated variable, specified as a string or character
vector. This is a read-only property. To modify the units of manipulated
variables, use `mpcobj.Model.Plant.InputUnit`

.

**Example: **`mpcobj.ManipulatedVariables(2).Units`

`ScaleFactor`

— MV scale factor

`1`

(default) | positive finite scalar

Scale factor of a given manipulated variable, specified as a positive finite scalar. Specifying the proper scale factor can improve numerical conditioning for optimization. In general, use the amplitude of the operating range of the manipulated variable. For more information, see Specify Scale Factors.

**Example: **```
mpcobj.ManipulatedVariables(1).ScaleFactor =
10
```

`Type`

— MV type

`'continuous'`

(default) | `'integer'`

| `'binary'`

| vector

Type of a given manipulated variable, specified as:

`'continuous'`

— This indicates that the manipulated variable is continuous.`'binary'`

— This restricts the manipulated variable to be either 0 or 1.`'integer'`

— This restricts the manipulated variable to be an integer.A vector containing all the possible values — This restricts the manipulated variable to the specified values, for example

`mpcobj.MV(1).Type = [-1,0,0.5,1,2];`

.

By default, the type is set to
`'continuous'`

.

For more information, see Finite Control Set MPC.

**Example: **```
mpcobj.ManipulatedVariables(1).Type =
'binary'
```

`OutputVariables`

— Output variable information, bounds, and scale factors

structure array

Output variable (OV) information, bounds, and scale factors, specified as a
structure array with *N _{y}* elements, where

*N*is the number of output variables. To access this property, you can use the alias

_{y}`OV`

instead of
`OutputVariables`

.Each structure element has the following fields.

`Min`

— OV lower bound

`-Inf`

(default) | scalar | vector

Lower bound for a given output variable, specified as a scalar or vector. By
default, this lower bound is `-Inf`

.

To use the same bound across the prediction horizon, specify a scalar value.

To vary the bound over the prediction horizon from time *k*+1
to time *k*+*p*, specify a vector of up to
*p* values. Here, *k* is the current time and
*p* is the prediction horizon. If you specify fewer than
*p* values, the final bound is used for the remaining steps of
the prediction horizon.

**Example: **`mpcobj.OutputVariables(1).Min = -10`

`Max`

— OV upper bound

`Inf`

(default) | scalar | vector

Upper bound for a given output variable, specified as a scalar or vector. By
default, this upper bound is `Inf`

.

To use the same bound across the prediction horizon, specify a scalar value.

To vary the bound over the prediction horizon from time *k*+1
to time *k*+*p*, specify a vector of up to
*p* values. Here, *k* is the current time and
*p* is the prediction horizon. If you specify fewer than
*p* values, the final bound is used for the remaining steps of
the prediction horizon.

**Example: **`mpcobj.OutputVariables(1).Max = 10`

`MinECR`

— OV lower bound softness

`1`

(default) | nonnegative finite scalar | vector

Softness of the lower bound for a given output variable. A larger equal concern for relaxation (ECR) value indicates a softer constraint, specified as a nonnegative finite scalar or vector. By default, OV upper bounds are soft constraints.

To avoid creating an infeasible optimization problem at run time, it is best practice to use soft OV bounds.

To use the same ECR value across the prediction horizon, specify a scalar value.

To vary the ECR value over the prediction horizon from time
*k*+1 to time *k*+*p*,
specify a vector of up to *p* values. Here, *k*
is the current time and *p* is the prediction horizon. If you
specify fewer than *p* values, the final ECR value is used for
the remaining steps of the prediction horizon.

**Example: **`mpcobj.OutputVariables(1).MinECR = 5`

`MaxECR`

— OV upper bound softness

`1`

(default) | nonnegative finite scalar | vector

Softness of the upper bound for a given output variable. A larger equal concern for relaxation (ECR) value indicates a softer constraint, specified as a nonnegative finite scalar or vector. By default, OV lower bounds are soft constraints.

To avoid creating an infeasible optimization problem at run time, it is best practice to use soft OV bounds.

To use the same ECR value across the prediction horizon, specify a scalar value.

To vary the ECR value over the prediction horizon from time
*k*+1 to time *k*+*p*,
specify a vector of up to *p* values. Here, *k*
is the current time and *p* is the prediction horizon. If you
specify fewer than *p* values, the final ECR value is used for
the remaining steps of the prediction horizon.

**Example: **`mpcobj.OutputVariables(1).MaxECR = 10`

`Name`

— OV name

string | character vector

Name of a given output variable, specified as a string or character vector.
This is a read-only property. To modify the names of output variables, use
`mpcobj.Model.Plant.OutputName`

.

**Example: **`mpcobj.OutputVariables(2).Name`

`Units`

— OV units

`""`

(default) | string | character vector

Units of a given output variable, specified as a string or character vector.
This is a read-only property. To modify the names of output variables, use
`mpcobj.Model.Plant.OutputUnit`

.

**Example: **`mpcobj.OutputVariables(2).Units`

`ScaleFactor`

— OV scale factor

`1`

(default) | positive finite scalar

Scale factor of a given output variable, specified as a positive finite scalar. Specifying the proper scale factor can improve numerical conditioning for optimization. In general, use the operating range of the output variable. For more information, see Specify Scale Factors.

**Example: **```
mpcobj.OutputVariables(1).ScaleFactor =
20
```

`DisturbanceVariables`

— Input disturbance variable information and scale factors

structure array

Disturbance variable (DV) information and scale factors, specified as a structure
array with *N _{d}* elements, where

*N*is the total number of measured and unmeasured disturbance inputs. The order of the disturbance signals within

_{d}`DisturbanceVariables`

is the following: the first
*N*entries relate to measured input disturbances, the last

_{md}*N*

_{ud}entries relate to unmeasured input disturbances.

To access this property, you can use the alias `DV`

instead of
`DisturbanceVariables`

.

Each structure element has the following fields.

`Name`

— DV name

string | character vector

DV name, specified as a string or character vector. This is a read-only
property. To modify the names of disturbance variables, use
`mpcobj.Plant.Inputname`

.

**Example: **`mpcobj.DisturbanceVariables(1).Name`

`Units`

— OV units

`""`

(default) | string | character vector

OV units, specified as a string or character vector. This is a read-only
property. To modify the units of disturbance variables, use
`mpcobj.Model.Plant.InputUnit`

.

**Example: **`mpcobj.DisturbanceVariables(1).Units`

`ScaleFactor`

— DV scale factor

`1`

(default) | positive finite scalar

DV scale factor, specified as a positive finite scalar. Specifying the proper scale factor can improve numerical conditioning for optimization. For more information, see Specify Scale Factors.

**Example: **```
mpcobj.DisturbanceVariables(1).ScaleFactor =
15
```

`Weights`

— Standard cost function tuning weights

structure

Standard cost function tuning weights, specified as a structure. The controller applies these weights to the scaled variables. Therefore, the tuning weights are dimensionless values.

The format of `OutputWeights`

must match the format of the
`Weights.OutputVariables`

property of the controller object. For
example, you cannot specify constant weights across the prediction horizon in the
controller object, and then specify time-varying weights using
`mpcmoveopt`

.

`Weights`

has the following fields. The values of these fields
depend on whether you use the standard or alternative cost function. For more
information on these cost functions, see Optimization Problem.

`ManipulatedVariables`

— Manipulated variable tuning weights

row vector | array

Manipulated variable tuning weights, which penalize deviations from MV
targets, specified as a row vector or array of nonnegative values. The default
weight for all manipulated variables is `0`

.

To use the same weights across the prediction horizon, specify a row vector of length
*N _{mv}*, where

*N*is the number of manipulated variables.

_{mv}To vary the tuning weights over the prediction horizon from time *k* to time *k*+*p*-1, specify an array with *N _{mv}* columns and up to

*p*rows. Here,

*k*is the current time and

*p*is the prediction horizon. Each row contains the manipulated variable tuning weights for one prediction horizon step. If you specify fewer than

*p*rows, the weights in the final row are used for the remaining steps of the prediction horizon.

If you use the alternative cost function, specify
`Weights.ManipulatedVariables`

as a cell array that contains
the
*N _{mv}*-by-

*N*

_{mv}*R*matrix. For example,

_{u}`mpcobj.Weights.ManipulatedVariables = {Ru}`

.
*R*must be a positive semidefinite matrix. Varying the

_{u}*R*matrix across the prediction horizon Is not supported. For more information, see Alternative Cost Function.

_{u}**Example: **```
mpcobj.Weights.ManipulatedVariables = [0.1
0.2]
```

`ManipulatedVariablesRate`

— Manipulated variable rate tuning weights

row vector | array | cell array

Manipulated variable rate tuning weights, which penalize large changes in
control moves, specified as a row vector or array of nonnegative values. The
default weight for all manipulated variable rates is
`0.1`

.

To use the same weights across the prediction horizon, specify a row vector of length
*N _{mv}*, where

*N*is the number of manipulated variables.

_{mv}To vary the tuning weights over the prediction horizon from time *k* to time
*k*+*p*-1, specify
an array with *N _{mv}* columns
and up to

*p*rows. Here,

*k*is the current time and

*p*is the prediction horizon. Each row contains the manipulated variable rate tuning weights for one prediction horizon step. If you specify fewer than

*p*rows, the weights in the final row are used for the remaining steps of the prediction horizon.

**Note**

It is best practice to use nonzero manipulated variable rate weights. If all
manipulated variable rate weights are strictly positive, the resulting QP
problem is strictly convex. If some weights are zero, the QP Hessian could be
positive semidefinite. To keep the QP problem strictly convex, when the
condition number of the Hessian matrix
*K*_{ΔU} is larger than
10^{12}, the quantity `10*sqrt(eps)`

is added to each diagonal term. See Cost Function.

If you use the alternative cost function, specify
`Weights.ManipulatedVariablesRate`

as a cell array that
contains the
*N _{mv}*-by-

*N*

_{mv}*R*matrix. For example,

_{Δu}`mpcobj.Weights.ManipulatedVariablesRate = {Rdu}`

.
*R*must be a positive semidefinite matrix. Varying the

_{Δu}*R*matrix across the prediction horizon Is not supported. For more information, see Alternative Cost Function.

_{Δu}**Example: **```
mpcobj.Weights.ManipulatedVariablesRate = [0.1
0.1]
```

`OutputVariables`

— Output variable tuning weights

vector | array

Output variable tuning weights, which penalize deviation from output
references, specified as a row vector or array of nonnegative values. The default
weight for all output variables is `1`

.

To use the same weights across the prediction horizon, specify a row vector of length
*N _{y}*, where

*N*is the number of output variables.

_{y}To vary the tuning weights over the prediction horizon from time *k*+1 to time *k*+*p*, specify an array with *N _{y}* columns and up to

*p*rows. Here,

*k*is the current time and

*p*is the prediction horizon. Each row contains the output variable tuning weights for one prediction horizon step. If you specify fewer than

*p*rows, the weights in the final row are used for the remaining steps of the prediction horizon.

If you use the alternative cost function, specify
`Weights.OutputVariables`

as a cell array that contains the
*N _{y}*-by-

*N*

_{y}*Q*matrix. For example,

```
mpcobj.Weights.OutputVariables
= {Q}
```

. *Q*must be a positive semidefinite matrix. Varying the

*Q*matrix across the prediction horizon Is not supported. For more information, see Alternative Cost Function.

**Example: **```
mpcobj.Weights.OutputVariables = [1
1]
```

`ECR`

— Slack variable tuning weight

`1e5`

(default) | positive scalar

Slack variable tuning weight, specified as a positive scalar. Increase or decrease the equal concern for relaxation (ECR) weight to make all soft constraints harder or softer, respectively.

**Example: **`mpcobj.Weights.ECR = 1e4`

`Optimizer`

— Optimization information

structure

Optimization information, specified as a structure with the following fields. The
first three fields, `OptimizationType`

, `Solver`

,
and `SolverOptions`

, relate only to the built-in solvers. If you use
a custom solver for simulation (by setting `CustomSolver`

to
`true`

), these three fields are ignored for simulation. Likewise, if
you use a custom solver for code generation (by setting
`CustomSolverCodeGen`

to `true`

) these three
fields are ignored for code generation.

For more information on the supported QP solvers, see QP Solvers.

`OptimizationType`

— Optimization type

`'QP'`

(default) | `'MIQP'`

This property is read-only.

Optimization type, returned as either `'QP'`

for continuous
problems or `'MIQP'`

for finite-set problems. This property is
selected automatically by the software according to the
`ManipulatedVariables.Type`

properties of the
`mpc`

object. For more information on finite set MPC, see
Finite Control Set MPC.

**Example: **`'MIQP'`

`Solver`

— Solver algorithm

`'active-set'`

(default) | `'interior-point'`

| `'admm'`

| `'branch-and-bound'`

Solver algorithm, specified as one of the following:

`'active-set'`

— Solve the QP problem using the KWIK active-set algorithm.`'interior-point'`

— Solve the QP problem using a primal-dual interior-point algorithm with the Mehrotra predictor-corrector.`'admm'`

— Solve the QP problem using a first-order alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM) solver.`'branch-and-bound'`

— Solve the MIQP problem using a KWIK algorithm with branch and bound. This method is automatically selected when the`Type`

property of any manipulated variable is set to anything other than`'continuous'`

.

For custom applications that require solving QP problems, you can also access
the active-set and interior-point algorithms using the `mpcActiveSetSolver`

and `mpcInteriorPointSolver`

functions, respectively.

**Example: **```
mpcobj.Optimizer.Solver =
'interior-point'
```

`SolverOptions`

— Solver options

`ActiveSet`

object (default) | `InteriorPoint`

object | `ADMM`

object | `BranchBound`

object

Solver options, specified as an `ActiveSet`

,
`InteriorPoint`

, `ADMM`

, or
`BranchBound`

options object. The options object that applies
corresponds to the solver selected in the `Solver`

field of the
`Optimizer`

property. For more information, see Optimization Problem and QP Solvers.

`MinOutputECR`

— Minimum value allowed for output constraint ECR values

`0`

(default) | nonnegative scalar

Minimum value allowed for output constraint equal concern for relaxation (ECR)
values, specified as a nonnegative scalar. A value of `0`

indicates that hard output constraints are allowed. If either of the
`OutputVariables.MinECR`

or
`OutputVariables.MaxECR`

properties of an MPC controller are
less than `MinOutputECR`

, a warning is displayed and the value
is raised to `MinOutputECR`

during computation.

**Example: **```
mpcobj.Optimizer.MinOutputECR =
1e-10
```

`UseSuboptimalSolution`

— Option indicating whether a suboptimal solution is acceptable

`false`

(default) | `true`

Option indicating whether a suboptimal solution is acceptable, specified as a
logical value. When the QP solver reaches the maximum number of iterations without
finding a solution (the exit Option is `0`

), the
controller:

Freezes the MV values if

`UseSuboptimalSolution`

is`false`

Applies the suboptimal solution found by the solver after the final iteration if

`UseSuboptimalSolution`

is`true`

To specify the maximum number of iterations, depending on the value of
`Algorithm`

, use either
`ActiveSetOptions.MaxIterations`

or
`InteriorPointOptions.MaxIterations`

.

**Example: **```
mpcobj.Optimizer.UseSuboptimalSolution =
true
```

`CustomSolver`

— Option indicating whether to use a custom QP solver for simulation

`false`

(default) | `true`

Option indicating whether to use a custom QP solver for simulation, specified
as a logical value. If `CustomSolver`

is
`true`

, the user must provide an
`mpcCustomSolver`

function on the MATLAB^{®} path.

This custom solver is not used for code generation. To generate code for a
controller with a custom solver, use
`CustomSolverCodeGen`

.

If `CustomSolver`

is `true`

, the
controller ignores the `OptimizationType`

,
`Solver`

and `SolverOptions`

properties
for simulation.

You can also use the function `setCustomSolver`

to automatically configure
`mpcobj`

to use the active-set algorithm of `quadprog`

(Optimization Toolbox) as a custom QP solver for both simulation and code
generation.

For more information on using a custom QP solver see, QP Solvers.

**Example: **`mpcobj.Optimizer.CustomSolver = true`

`CustomSolverCodeGen`

— Option indicating whether to use a custom QP solver for code generation

`false`

(default) | `true`

Option indicating whether to use a custom QP solver for code generation,
specified as a logical value. If `CustomSolverCodeGen`

is
`true`

, you must provide an
`mpcCustomSolverCodeGen`

function on the MATLAB path.

This custom solver is not used for simulation. To simulate a controller with a
custom solver, use `CustomSolver`

.

You can also use the function `setCustomSolver`

to automatically configure
`mpcobj`

to use the active-set algorithm of `quadprog`

(Optimization Toolbox) as a custom QP solver for both simulation and code
generation.

For more information on using a custom QP solver, see QP Solvers.

**Example: **```
mpcobj.Optimizer.CustomSolverCodeGen =
true
```

`Notes`

— User notes

`{}`

(default) | cell array of character vectors

User notes associated with the MPC controller, specified as a cell array of character vectors.

**Example: **```
mpcobj.Notes = {'Longitudinal Controller'; 'Version
2.1'}
```

`UserData`

— User data

`[]`

(default) | any MATLAB data

User data associated with the MPC controller, specified as any MATLAB data, such as a cell array or structure.

**Example: **```
mpcobj.UserData = {'Parameters',0.2,[3
4]'}
```

`History`

— Controller creation date and time

vector

This property is read-only.

Controller creation date and time, specified as a vector with the following elements:

`History(1)`

— Year`History(2)`

— Month`History(3)`

— Day`History(4)`

— Hours`History(5)`

— Minutes`History(6)`

— Seconds

Use `datestr(mpcobj.History)`

to display the controller creation
date as a character vector.

**Example: **`mpcobj.History = datevec(now)`

## Object Functions

`buildMEX` | Build MEX file that solves an MPC control problem |

`cloffset` | Compute closed-loop DC gain from output disturbances to measured outputs assuming constraints are inactive at steady state |

`compare` | Compare two MPC objects |

`generateExplicitMPC` | Convert implicit MPC controller to explicit MPC controller |

`generatePlotParameters` | Parameters for `plotSection` |

`generateExplicitOptions` | Optimization options for explicit MPC generation |

`generateExplicitRange` | Bounds on explicit MPC control law parameters |

`get` | Get property values from MPC object |

`getCodeGenerationData` | Create data structures for `mpcmoveCodeGeneration` |

`getEstimator` | Obtain Kalman gains and model for estimator design |

`getconstraint` | Obtain mixed input/output constraints from model predictive controller |

`getindist` | Retrieve unmeasured input disturbance model |

`getname` | Retrieve I/O signal names from MPC plant model |

`getoutdist` | Retrieve unmeasured output disturbance model |

`mpcmove` | Compute optimal control action and update controller states |

`mpcmoveAdaptive` | Compute optimal control with prediction model updating |

`plot` | Plot responses generated by MPC simulations |

`review` | Examine MPC controller for design errors and stability problems at run time |

`sensitivity` | Calculate the value of a performance metric and its sensitivity to the diagonal weights of an MPC controller |

`set` | Set or modify MPC object properties |

`setCustomSolver` | Configures an MPC object to use the QP solver from Optimization Toolbox as a custom solver |

`setEstimator` | Modify a model predictive controller’s state estimator |

`setconstraint` | Set mixed input/output constraints for model predictive controller |

`setindist` | Modify unmeasured input disturbance model |

`setname` | Set I/O signal names in MPC plant model |

`setoutdist` | Modify unmeasured output disturbance model |

`setterminal` | Terminal weights and constraints |

`sim` | Simulate an MPC controller in closed loop with a linear plant |

`size` | Size and order of MPC Controller |

`ss` | Convert unconstrained MPC controller to state-space linear system form |

`tf` | Convert unconstrained MPC controller to linear transfer function form |

`trim` | Compute steady-state value of MPC controller plant model state for given inputs and outputs |

## Examples

### Create MPC Controller with Specified Prediction and Control Horizons

Create a plant model with the transfer function $$(s+1)/({s}^{2}+2s)$$.

Plant = tf([1 1],[1 2 0]);

The plant is SISO, so its input must be a manipulated variable and its output must be measured. In general, it is good practice to designate all plant signal types using either the `setmpcsignals`

command, or the LTI `InputGroup`

and `OutputGroup`

properties.

Specify a sample time for the controller.

Ts = 0.1;

Define bounds on the manipulated variable, $$u$$, such that $$-1\le u\le 1$$.

MV = struct(Min=-1,Max=1);

`MV`

contains only the upper and lower bounds on the manipulated variable. In general, you can specify additional MV properties. When you do not specify other properties, their default values apply.

Specify a 20-interval prediction horizon and a 3-interval control horizon.

p = 20; m = 3;

Create an MPC controller using the specified values. The fifth input argument is empty, so default tuning weights apply.

mpcobj = mpc(Plant,Ts,p,m,[],MV);

-->"Weights.ManipulatedVariables" is empty. Assuming default 0.00000. -->"Weights.ManipulatedVariablesRate" is empty. Assuming default 0.10000. -->"Weights.OutputVariables" is empty. Assuming default 1.00000.

## Algorithms

To minimize computational overhead, model predictive controller creation occurs in two
phases. The first happens at *creation* when you use the
`mpc`

function, or when you change a controller property. Creation
includes basic validity and consistency checks, such as signal dimensions and nonnegativity of
weights.

The second phase is *initialization*, which occurs when you use the
object for the first time in a simulation or analytical procedure. Initialization computes all
constant properties required for efficient numerical performance, such as matrices defining
the optimal control problem and state estimator gains. Additional, diagnostic checks occur
during initialization, such as verification that the controller states are observable.

By default, both phases display informative messages in the command window. You can turn
these messages on or off using the `mpcverbosity`

function.

## Alternative Functionality

You can also create model predictive controllers using the MPC Designer app.

## Version History

**Introduced before R2006a**

### R2018b: Support for implementing economic MPC using a linear MPC controller has been removed

Support for implementing economic MPC using a linear MPC controller has been removed. Implement economic MPC using a nonlinear MPC controller instead. For more information on nonlinear MPC controllers, see Nonlinear MPC.

**Update Code**

If you previously saved a linear MPC object configured with custom cost or constraint
functions, the software generates a warning when the object is loaded and an error if it
is simulated. To suppress the error and warning messages and continue using your linear
MPC controller, `mpcobj`

, without the custom costs and constraints, set
the `IsEconomicMPC`

option to `false`

.

mpcobj.IsEconomicMPC = false;

To implement your economic MPC controller using a nonlinear MPC object:

Create an

`nlmpc`

object.Convert your custom cost function to the format required for nonlinear MPC. For more information on nonlinear MPC cost functions, see Specify Cost Function for Nonlinear MPC.

Convert your custom constraint function to the format required for nonlinear MPC. For more information on nonlinear MPC constraints, see Specify Constraints for Nonlinear MPC.

Implement your linear prediction model using state and output functions. For more information on nonlinear MPC prediction models, see Specify Prediction Model for Nonlinear MPC.

## See Also

### Apps

### Functions

`setmpcsignals`

|`mpcprops`

|`mpcverbosity`

|`review`

|`cloffset`

|`getEstimator`

|`setEstimator`

|`buildMEX`

|`mpcmove`

|`mpcmoveCodeGeneration`

|`mpcmoveAdaptive`

|`mpcmoveMultiple`

|`sim`

### Objects

### Blocks

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