OCCAL: A mixed symbolic- numeric Optimal Control CALculator.

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  • The numerical solution of optimal control problems by indirect methods (such as multiple shooting or collocation) requires a considerable amount of analytic calculation to establish a numerically tractable system. These analytic calculations, though being rather tedious in realistic examples, are nowadays mostly still done by hand-and thus prone to calculation errors. The paper aims at automating this analytic processing to a reasonable extent by means of a modern symbolic manipulation language (here: REDUCE). In its present stage of development the package OCCAL (mnemotechnically for \underline{O}ptimal \underline{C}ontrol \underline{CAL}culator) permits an interactive use, covering tasks like automatic determination of control and, in case of a singular control, of its order. In simpler problems, the present version of OCCAL automatically produces the full subroutine input for a MULtiple shooting code (MULCON) with adaptive numerical CONtinuation. In more complicate problems where singular sub-arcs may occur or where the sequence of sub-arcs of the optimal trajectory is unclear OCCAL is a significant help in reducing analytic pre-processing. Numerical examples illustrate the performance of OCCAL/MULCON.

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Author:R. Schöpf, Peter Deuflhard
Document Type:ZIB-Report
Date of first Publication:1991/12/15
Series (Serial Number):ZIB-Report (SC-91-13)
Published in:Appeared in: Computational Optimal Control. R. Bulirsch (ed.) International Series of Numerical Mathematics Vol. 115, Birkhäuser, 1994, pp. 269-278

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