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Finite element method for constrained optimal control problems governed by nonlinear elliptic PDEs

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  • In this paper, we study the finite element method for constrained optimal control problems governed by nonlinear elliptic PDEs. Instead of the standard error estimates under $L^2$- or $H^1$- norm, we apply the goal-oriented error estimates in order to avoid the difficulties which are generated by the nonsmoothness of the problem. We derive the a priori error estimates of the goal function, and the error bound is $O(h^2)$, which is the same as one for some well known quadratic optimal control problems governed by linear elliptic PDEs. Moreover, two kinds of practical algorithms are introduced to solve the underlying problem. Numerical experiments are provided to confirm our theoretical results.
    Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 49J20, 65N15, 65N30.


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