Harbir Antil - Research
Optimal Control for Free Boundary Problems
For a description of PDE constrained optimization problems we refer to:
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A prototype free boundary problem can be found at
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A free boundary problem with curvature flow i.e., a Laplace equation inside the
bulk and a Young-Laplace on the free boundary. Further on the free boundary
there is an intimate relation between the curvature and surface tension.
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(courtesy: Patrick Sodré)
Goal
We consider a PDE-constrained optimization problem governed
by a free boundary problem. The state system is based on coupling the Laplace equation in the
bulk with a Young-Laplace equation on the free boundary to account for surface tension, as proposed
by P. Saavedra and L. R. Scott (see below). This amounts to solving
a second order system both in the bulk and on the interface. Our analysis hinges on a convex
constraint on the control such that the state constraints are always satisfied. Using only
first order regularity we show that the control to state operator is twice Fr\'echet
differentiable. We improve slightly the regularity of the state variables and exploit this to show
existence of a control together with second order sufficient optimality conditions.
Finally we prove the a-priori optimal order of convergence for the control O(h).
Collaborators
- Ricardo Nochetto
(University of Maryland)
- Patrick Sodré (University of Maryland)
Achievements
- We have derived the second order sufficient optimality conditions.
- We have proved the optimal order of convergence for the control.
- We have derived new regularity results for Stokes problem.
- We have provided control of prescribed mean curvature.
Related Publications
- H. Antil, and S. W. Walker.
Optimal Control of a Degenerate PDE for Surface Shape.
DOI: 10.1007/s00245-017-9407-3.
Applied Mathematics & Optimization, 2017
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- H. Antil, R. H. Nochetto, and P. Sodré.
The Stokes problem with Navier slip boundary condition: Minimal fractional Sobolev regularity of the domain.
Submitted to SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis (2015).
- H. Antil, R. H. Nochetto, and P. Sodré.
Optimal Control of a Free Boundary Problem: Analysis with Second Order Sufficient
Conditions.
SIAM Journal of Control and Optimization (2014), 52(5):2771--2799.
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- H. Antil, R. H. Nochetto, and P. Sodré.
Optimal Control of a Free Boundary Problem with Surface Tension Effects: A Priori Error Analysis.
SIAM Journal of Numerical Analysis (2015), 53(5):2279–2306.
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Literature
P. Saavedra, L. R. Scott.
Variational Formulation of a Model Free-Boundary Problem .
Mathematics of Computation (1991), 57(196):451--475. link