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Fractional optimal control problem for differential system with delay argument
- G. Mohamed Bahaa^{1, 2}Email author
https://doi.org/10.1186/s13662-017-1121-6
© The Author(s) 2017
- Received: 30 September 2016
- Accepted: 21 February 2017
- Published: 1 March 2017
Abstract
In this paper, we apply the classical control theory to a fractional differential system in a bounded domain. The fractional optimal control problem (FOCP) for differential system with time delay is considered. The fractional time derivative is considered in a Riemann-Liouville sense. We first study the existence and the uniqueness of the solution of the fractional differential system with time delay in a Hilbert space. Then we show that the considered optimal control problem has a unique solution. The performance index of a FOCP is considered as a function of both state and control variables, and the dynamic constraints are expressed by a partial fractional differential equation. The time horizon is fixed. Finally, we impose some constraints on the boundary control. Interpreting the Euler-Lagrange first order optimality condition with an adjoint problem defined by means of a right fractional Caputo derivative, we obtain an optimality system for the optimal control. Some examples are analyzed in detail.
Keywords
- fractional optimal control problems
- fractional differential systems
- time delay
- Dirichlet and Neumann conditions
- existence and uniqueness of solutions
- Riemann-Liouville sense
- Caputo derivative
MSC
- 46C05
- 49J20
- 93C20
1 Introduction
An optimal control problem (OCP) deals with the problem of finding a control law for a given dynamic system that minimizes a performance index in terms of the state and control variables. Various optimization problems associated with the integer optimal control of differential systems with time delays were studied recently by many authors; see for instance [1–7] and the references therein). For example in [1] Bahaa found the optimality conditions for cooperative parabolic systems governed by a Schrödinger operator.
The OCP reduces to a fractional optimal control problem (FOCP) when either the performance index or the dynamic constraints or both include at least one fractional-order derivative term. The theory of fractional differential equations has received much attention over the past 20 years, since they are important in describing the natural models such as in diffusion processes, stochastic processes, finance, and hydrology. However, the number of publications on fractional optimal control problem (FOCPs) has grown; see for example [8–20] and the references therein). For example in [9], Agrawal presented a general formulation and solution scheme for fractional optimal control problem. That is, an optimal control problem in which either the performance index or the differential equations governing the dynamics of the system or both contain at least one fractional derivative term. In that paper, the fractional derivative was defined in the Riemann-Liouville sense and the formulation was obtained by means of fractional variation principle and the Lagrange multiplier technique. Following the same technique, Frederico et al. [20] obtained a Noether-like theorem for fractional optimal control problem in the sense of Caputo. Recently, Agrawal [10] presented an eigenfunction expansion approach for a class of distributed system whose dynamics is defined in the sense of Caputo. In [13], Bahaa studied the fractional optimal control problem for variational inequalities with control constraints. In [14], Bahaa studied the fractional optimal control problem for differential systems with control constraints involving second order operator and in [15] involving infinite order operator.
Additionally, if the dynamic constraints or the performance index contain delay arguments, we are faced with a delay fractional optimal control problem (DFOCP). A strong motivation for studying and investigating the solution and the properties for fractional differential equations with time delay comes from the fact that they describe efficiently anomalous diffusion on fractals (physical objects of fractional dimension, like some amorphous semiconductors or strongly porous materials, fractional random walk, etc. Other applications occur in the following fields: fluid flow, viscoelasticity, control theory of dynamical systems, diffusive transport akin to diffusion, electrical networks, probability and statistics, dynamical processes in self-similar and porous structures, electrochemistry of corrosion, optics and signal processing, rheology, etc.
However, the existence of delay in the dynamic system may cause difficulty in the control and analysis of such systems. Therefore, constructing new analytical and numerical techniques for the delay fractional dynamic systems has become a strong topic to be considered; see [21–23] and the references therein. For instance in [21] an efficient linear programming formulation is proposed for a class of fractional-order optimal control problems with delay argument. By means of the Lagrange multiplier in the calculus of variations and using the formula for fractional integration by parts, the Euler-Lagrange equations are derived in terms of a two-point fractional boundary value problem including an advance term as well as the delay argument. In [22, 23], Jarad studied the fractional variational optimal control problems with delay argument. Various fractional optimal control problems are also studied by Mophou et al. when the fractional time derivative is expressed in the Riemann-Liouville sense. For instance, we refer to the boundary optimal control [24] and the optimal control of a fractional diffusion equation with state constraints [25]. In [26] Mophou was concerned with the optimal control of the fractional diffusion equation with delay with Caputo fractional derivatives. However, the DFOCP is an issue that still needs to be investigated as proved by the poor literature on the topic.
The formulation, the analytical scheme, and the results for some FOCPs presented in this paper are attempts to fill this gap. In this paper, fractional optimal control problems for fractional dynamic systems with deviating argument are presented. The fractional time derivative is considered in the Riemann-Liouville sense. The existence and uniqueness of solutions for such equations were proved. Fractional optimal control is characterized by the adjoint problem. By using this characterization, particular properties of fractional optimal control are proved. Using the fractional integration by parts formula, we can also construct the adjoint system to our variational formulation. By a classic result of convex analysis we can characterize the optimal control of a system of partial differential equations and inequalities, which can be applied to concrete fractional diffusion equations.
This paper is organized as follows. In Section 1, we introduce some definitions and preliminary results. In Section 2, we formulate the fractional Dirichlet problem. In Section 3, we show that our fractional optimal control problem holds and we give the optimality system for the optimal control. In Section 4, we formulate the fractional Neumann problem. In Section 5, the minimization problem is formulated and we state some illustrative examples. In Section 6, we state our conclusion of the paper.
2 Some basic definitions
In this section, we state some definitions and results which will be used later.
Let \(n\in N^{*}\) and Ω be a bounded open subset of \(\Bbb {R}^{n}\) with a smooth boundary Γ of class \(C^{2}\). For a time \(T>0\), we set \(Q=\Omega\times(0,T)\) and \(\Sigma=\Gamma\times (0,T)\).
The following definitions and remarks can be found in the literature (see [8, 9, 24, 25]).
Definition 2.1
Definition 2.2
Definition 2.3
The Caputo fractional derivative is a sort of regularization in the time origin for the Riemann-Liouville fractional derivative.
Lemma 2.4
Remark 2.5
\(-D^{\beta }f(t)\) is the so-called right fractional Caputo derivative. It represent the future state of \(f(t)\). For more details on the derivative we refer to [8, 9, 24, 25]. Note also that, when \(T=+\infty, D^{\beta } f(t)\) is the Weyl fractional integral of order β of \(f'\).
Lemma 2.6
3 Fractional Dirichlet problem for differential equations with time lags
Definition 3.1
Lemma 3.2
Proof
The system of equations (3.1)-(3.4) defines our fractional problem with time delay. By using the Lax-Milgram lemma, we can study the existence of a unique solution of the fractional system (3.1)-(3.4). □
Lemma 3.3
see [8, 9, 24, 25] (fractional Green’s formula)
Lemma 3.4
Lemma 3.5
By using (Theorem 3.1, Lions 1971), we can easily show that \(y \equiv g\) in \((0,\omega)\). By using a constructive method we can prove the existence and uniqueness of the solution of equations (3.13)-(3.16). Firstly, we solve (3.13)-(3.16) in the subinterval \((0,\omega)\) and then in the subinterval \((\omega,2\omega)\) etc., until the procedure covers the whole interval \((0,T)\). In this way the solution in the previous step determines the next one. In fact, in every subinterval the solution of equations (3.13)-(3.16) exists and is unique (Theorem 3.1, Ref. [18]). If the right-hand sides of equations (3.13)-(3.16) are equal to zero, then there exists only a trivial solution of equations (3.13)-(3.16), i.e., \(y\equiv0\).
A more general case (e.g., when ω is a function of the time t) can be treated analogously as in Ref. [18] see Lemma 2.6.
Lemma 3.6
If (3.7), (3.8) holds, then the system (3.13)-(3.16) has a unique solution \(y \in{ \mathcal {W}}(0,T)\).
Proof
Lemma 3.7
4 Optimization theorem and the fractional control problem
Control constraints: We define \(U_{ad}\) (the set of admissible controls) to be a closed, convex subset of \(U=L^{2}(Q)\).
Theorem 4.1
Proof
Example 4.1
Example 4.2
Example 4.3
Example 4.4
5 Fractional Neumann problem for differential system with time delay
Lemma 5.1
Proof
6 Fractional minimization theorem and boundary control problem
- (i)$$ z(u)=y(u). $$(6.4)
- (ii)Observation of the final state$$ z(u)=y(x,T;u). $$(6.5)
Control constraints: We define \(U_{ad}\) (set of admissible controls) to be a closed, convex subset of \(U=L^{2}(\Sigma)\).
Under the given considerations we have the following theorem.
Theorem 6.1
Proof
Example 6.1
Example 6.2
Example 6.3
Example 6.4
Example 6.5
Example 6.6
Remark 6.2
If we take \(\beta =1\) in the previous sections we obtain the classical results in the optimal control with integer derivatives.
7 Conclusions
An analytical scheme for fractional optimal control of differential systems with time delay is considered. The fractional derivatives were defined in the Riemann-Liouville sense. The analytical results were given in terms of Euler-Lagrange equations for the fractional optimal control problems. The formulation presented and the resulting equations are very similar to those for classical optimal control problems. The optimization problem presented in this paper constitutes a generalization of the optimal control problem of parabolic systems with Dirichlet and Neumann boundary conditions, considered by Lions et al. [21, 22], Podlubny [27], Oldham et al. [27], Bahaa et al. [1–4, 13–15] and Kotarski et al. [23, 28–30], to the fractional optimal control problem for second order systems with time delay.
Declarations
Acknowledgements
The author would like to express his gratitude to the anonymous reviewers for their very valuable remarks and comments.
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