Optimal finite-time feedback controllers for nonlinear systems with terminal constraints Conference Paper uri icon


  • This paper presents a generalization of Bryson's sweep method for determining finite-time optimal feedback controllers for nonlinear systems with nonlinear terminal constraints. The method utilizes a polynomial series expansion of the cost-to-go function with time-dependent gains that operate on the state variables and constraint Lagrange multipliers. These gains are computed from backward integration of differential equations with terminal boundary conditions, derived from the constraint specifications. The differential equations for the gains are independent of the states. The Lagrange multipliers are evaluated from the knowledge of the current state and the gain values. Numerical examples are considered to demonstrate the applications of this methodology. The results are compared with those obtained by using open-loop solutions to the respective problems in order to ascertain the accuracy of the method.

author list (cited authors)

  • Vadali, S. R., & Sharma, R.

publication date

  • October 2005