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This technical note develops a novel robust control algorithm for linear systems subject to additive and bounded disturbances. The approach is based on the constraint tightening method. While this problem can be tackled using existing robust model predictive control techniques, the proposed method has an advantage in that it is computationally efficient and avoids the need to solve repeatedly an online optimization problem, while the optimization problem solved at initialization is a simple linear programming problem. The algorithm elaborated in this technical note guarantees convergence to a minimal disturbance invariant set, and the terminal predicted state constraint set is allowed to be larger than the minimal disturbance invariant set. As an illustration, the developed algorithm is applied to constrained roll control of a ship operating in a wave field. Simulation results show that the proposed approach reduces the ship roll motion while the input and dynamic stall constraints are satisfied.
Date of Publication: Oct. 2012