Existence of optimal open-loop strategies for a class of differential games

  • W. E. Schmitendorf
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In this paper, the class of differential games with linear system equations and a quadratic performance index is investigated for saddlepoint solutions when one or both of the players use open-loop control. For each formulation of the game, a necessary and sufficient condition is obtained for the existence of an optimal strategy pair that generates a regular optimal path. For those cases where a solution exists, the unique saddle-point solution is presented. Also, relationships are established between the time intervals of existence of solutions for the various formulations of the game.


Linear System Optimal Strategy Performance Index System Equation Optimal Path 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1970

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. E. Schmitendorf
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  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering and Astronautical SciencesNorthwestern UniversityEvanston

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