Impulsive control systems with commutative vector fields

A. Bressan, F. Rampazzo

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We consider variational problems with control laws given by systems of ordinary differential equations whose vector fields depend linearly on the time derivative u=(u1,..., um) of the control u=(u1,..., um). The presence of the derivative u, which is motivated by recent applications in Lagrangian mechanics, causes an impulsive dynamics: at any jump of the control, one expects a jump of the state. The main assumption of this paper is the commutativity of the vector fields that multiply the uα. This hypothesis allows us to associate our impulsive systems and the corresponding adjoint systems to suitable nonimpulsive control systems, to which standard techniques can be applied. In particular, we prove a maximum principle, which extends Pontryagin's maximum principle to impulsive commutative systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-83
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Optimization Theory and Applications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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