An Elliptic Optimal Control Problem and its Two Relaxations

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Abstract

In this note, we consider a control theory problem involving a strictly convex energy functional, which is not Gâteaux differentiable. The functional came up in the study of a shape optimization problem, and here we focus on the minimization of this functional. We relax the problem in two different ways and show that the relaxed variants can be solved by applying some recent results on two-phase obstacle-like problems of free boundary type. We derive an important qualitative property of the solutions, i.e., we prove that the minimizers are three-valued, a result which significantly reduces the search space for the relevant numerical algorithms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-465
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Optimization Theory and Applications
Volume172
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017

Keywords

  • Free boundary
  • Minimization
  • Non-smooth analysis
  • Optimality condition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Optimization
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Applied Mathematics

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