Volume 24, Number 4, October–December 2018
|Page(s)||1645 - 1673|
|Published online||25 January 2019|
Normality and gap phenomena in optimal unbounded control★
Dipartimento di Matematica,
Università di Padova,
Via Trieste, 63,
Padova 35121, Italy
2 Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2BT, UK
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 5 December 2018
Optimal unbounded control problems with affine control dependence may fail to have minimizers in the class of absolutely continuous state trajectories. For this reason, extended impulsive versions – which cannot be of measure-theoretic type – have been investigated, in which the domain is enlarged to include discontinuous state trajectories of bounded variation, and for which existence of minimizers is guaranteed. It is of interest to know whether the passage from the original optimal control problem to its extension introduces an infimum gap. This paper provides sufficient conditions for the absence of an infimum gap based on normality of extremals. In certain cases, the normality conditions reduce to simple verifiable criteria, which improve on earlier, directly-derived sufficient conditions for no infimum gap.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 49N25 / 34K45 / 49K15
Key words: Optimal control / maximum principle / impulsive control / gap phenomena
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