Electron. J. Diff. Eqns., Vol. 2009(2009), No. 83, pp. 1-22.

Optimal boundary control for a time dependent thermistor problem

Volodymyr Hrynkiv

An optimal control of a two dimensional time dependent thermistor problem is considered. The problem consists of two nonlinear partial differential equations coupled with appropriate boundary conditions which model the coupling of the thermistor to its surroundings. Based on physical considerations, an objective functional to be minimized is introduced and the convective boundary coefficient is taken to be the control. Existence of solutions to the state system and existence of the optimal control are proven. To characterize this optimal control, the optimality system consisting of the state and adjoint equations is derived.

Submitted December 10, 2008. Published July 10, 2009.
Math Subject Classifications: 49J20, 49K20.
Key Words: Optimal control; thermistor problem; elliptic systems.

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Volodymyr Hrynkiv
Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences
University of Houston - Downtown
One Main St., Houston, TX 77002, USA
email: HrynkivV@uhd.edu

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