Convergence Rate for a Radau hp Collocation Method Applied to Constrained Optimal Control

13 Sep 2018  ·  Hager William W., Hou Hongyan, Mohapatra Subhashree, Rao Anil V. ·

For unconstrained control problems, a local convergence rate is established for an $hp$-method based on collocation at the Radau quadrature points in each mesh interval of the discretization. If the continuous problem has a sufficiently smooth solution and the Hamiltonian satisfies a strong convexity condition, then the discrete problem possesses a local minimizer in a neighborhood of the continuous solution, and as either the number of collocation points or the number of mesh intervals increase, the discrete solution convergences to the continuous solution in the sup-norm... The convergence is exponentially fast with respect to the degree of the polynomials on each mesh interval, while the error is bounded by a polynomial in the mesh spacing. An advantage of the $hp$-scheme over global polynomials is that there is a convergence guarantee when the mesh is sufficiently small, while the convergence result for global polynomials requires that a norm of the linearized dynamics is sufficiently small. Numerical examples explore the convergence theory. read more

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Numerical Analysis