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An alternative formulation of a distributed-parameter optimal cotrol problem applied to nuclear shielding

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2 Author(s)
Gilai, D. ; Nuclear Research Center, Negev, Beer-Sheva, Isreal ; Tabak, D.

An alternative formalism for optimal control of distributed parameter systems is proposed. Necessary conditions for optimality and transversality conditions are developed for a class of distributed-parameter systems. It is shown that when the distributed system becomes a lumped-parameter one, the results obtained become identical to known results of optimal control of lumped systems. The formalism developed is applied to solve a problem of optimal design of a shielding installation around a neutron source.

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Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 5 )