Optimal Control in Thermal Engineering

  • Viorel┬áBadescu

Part of the Studies in Systems, Decision and Control book series (SSDC, volume 93)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Viorel Badescu
    Pages 1-7
  3. Introductory Elements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Viorel Badescu
      Pages 11-22
    3. Viorel Badescu
      Pages 23-73
  4. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Viorel Badescu
      Pages 89-109
    3. Viorel Badescu
      Pages 111-136
    4. Viorel Badescu
      Pages 137-157
  5. Applications: Heat Transfer and Storage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Viorel Badescu
      Pages 161-187
    3. Viorel Badescu
      Pages 189-203
    4. Viorel Badescu
      Pages 205-229
    5. Viorel Badescu
      Pages 231-246
    6. Viorel Badescu
      Pages 257-281
  6. Applications: Solar Energy Conversion into Thermal Energy Part

  7. Applications: Heat Engines

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 421-421
    2. Viorel Badescu
      Pages 423-444
    3. Viorel Badescu
      Pages 445-465
    4. Viorel Badescu
      Pages 467-512
    5. Viorel Badescu
      Pages 513-525
  8. Applications: Lubrication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 527-527
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 583-588

About this book


This book is the first major work covering applications in thermal engineering and offering a comprehensive introduction to optimal control theory, which has applications in mechanical engineering, particularly aircraft and missile trajectory optimization. The book is organized in three parts: The first part includes a brief presentation of function optimization and variational calculus, while the second part presents a summary of the optimal control theory. Lastly, the third part describes several applications of optimal control theory in solving various thermal engineering problems. These applications are grouped in four sections: heat transfer and thermal energy storage, solar thermal engineering, heat engines and lubrication.Clearly presented and easy-to-use, it is a valuable resource for thermal engineers and thermal-system designers as well as postgraduate students.


Thermal Engineering Optimal Control Direct Methods Indirect Methods Pontryagin Principle Bellman Method Dynamic Programming

Authors and affiliations

  • Viorel┬áBadescu
    • 1
  1. 1.Candida Oancea InstitutePolytechnic University of BucharestBucharestRomania

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-52967-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-52968-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-4182
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-4190
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