WIAS Preprint No. 1935, (2014)

Sharp interface control in a Penrose--Fife model


  • Colli, Pierluigi
    ORCID: 0000-0002-7921-5041
  • Marinoschi, Gabriela
  • Rocca, Elisabetta
    ORCID: 0000-0002-9930-907X

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 49J20 82B26 90C46


  • optimal control problems, Penrose-Fife model, sharp interface




In this paper we study a singular control problem for a system of PDEs describing a phasefield model of Penrose-Fife type. The main novelty of this contribution consists in the idea of forcing a sharp interface separation between the states of the system by using heat sources distributed in the domain and at the boundary. We approximate the singular cost functional with a regular one, which is based on the Legendre-Fenchel relations. Then, we obtain a regularized control problem for which we compute the first order optimality conditions using an adapted penalization technique. The proof of some convergence results and the passage to the limit in these optimality conditions lead to the characterization of the desired optimal controller.

Appeared in

  • ESAIM Control Optim. Calc. Var., 22 (2016) pp. 473--499.

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