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Introduction to Variational Methods in Control Engineering

1st Edition - January 1, 1965

Author: A. R. M. Noton

Language: English
eBook ISBN:
9 7 8 - 1 - 4 8 3 1 - 3 9 0 9 - 8

Introduction to Variational Methods in Control Engineering focuses on the design of automatic controls. The monograph first discusses the application of classical calculus of… Read more

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Introduction to Variational Methods in Control Engineering focuses on the design of automatic controls. The monograph first discusses the application of classical calculus of variations, including a generalization of the Euler-Lagrange equations, limitation of classical variational calculus, and solution of the control problem. The book also describes dynamic programming. Topics include the limitations of dynamic programming; general formulation of dynamic programming; and application to linear multivariable digital control systems. The text also underscores the continuous form of dynamic programming; Pontryagin's principle; and the two-point boundary problem. The book also touches on inaccessible state variables. Topics include the optimum realizable control law; observed data and vector spaces; design of the optimum estimator; and extension to the continuous systems. The book also presents a summary of potential applications, including complex control systems and on-line computer control. The text is recommended to readers and students wanting to explore the design of automatic controls.