Application of Pontryagin’s Principle to a Minimum Weight Design Problem

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B. M. E. de Silva

Numerical Analysis Section, Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, English Electric Co. Ltd., Cambridge Road, Whetstone Leicester, England

J. Basic Eng 92(2), 245-250 (Jun 01, 1970) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3424983 History: Received July 29, 1969; Online October 27, 2010


A minimum weight design problem has been formulated as a general problem in optimal-control theory with the addition of state and control inequality constraints. Complete analytical solutions have been derived using the maximum principle of Pontryagin.

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