A Functional Analytic Approach to an Optimization Problem of Hydrodynamic Propulsion
Several problems in the optimization theory of hydrodynamic propulsion are also of interest to the mathematician. The aim of the research is to determine for a given propulsive device such as a propeller or a wing, that periodic motion by which a prescribed mean value of the thrust is generated at minimum loss of energy. In addition to the demand that a prescribed mean value of thrust is to be generated, the periodic motions among which an optimum is sought are often also subjected to other constraints, for example on their amplitude.
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