A Priori Error Estimates for Space-Time Finite Element Discretization of Parabolic Optimal Control Problems

  • Dominik MeidnerEmail author
  • Boris Vexler
Part of the International Series of Numerical Mathematics book series (ISNM, volume 160)


In this article we summarize recent results on a priori error estimates for space-time finite element discretizations of linear-quadratic parabolic optimal control problems. We consider the following three cases: problems without inequality constraints, problems with pointwise control constraints, and problems with state constraints pointwise in time. For all cases, error estimates with respect to the temporal and to the spatial discretization parameters are derived. The results are illustrated by numerical examples.


Optimal control parabolic equations error estimates finite elements control constraints state constraints discretization error. 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für Mathematische OptimierungTechnische Universität München Fakultät für MathematikGarching b. MünchenGermany

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