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# On the geometry and topology of singular optimal control problems and their solutions

• The existence of singular arcs for optimal control problems is studied by using a geometric recursive algorithm inspired in Dirac’s theory of constraints. It is shown that singular arcs must lie in the singular locus of a projection map into the coestate space. After applying the geometrical recursive constraints algorithm, we arrive to a reduced set of hamiltonian equations that replace Pontriaguine’s maximum principle. Finally, a global singular perturbation theory is used to obtain nearly optimal solutions.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 49J15, 34A09, 34K35.

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