Application of Optimal Control Theory to Dynamic Soaring of Seabirds

@inproceedings{Sachs2005ApplicationOO,
  title={Application of Optimal Control Theory to Dynamic Soaring of Seabirds},
  author={G. Sachs and P. Bussotti},
  year={2005}
}
Optimal control theory is applied as a method for determining the minimum wind strength required for dynamic soaring of seabirds. Dynamic soaring is a flight technique by which seabirds extract energy from shear wind existing in an altitude layer close to the water surface. Mathematical models for describing the soaring motion of a bird and for the shear wind are presented. Optimality conditions are formulated using the minimum principle. Switching conditions are introduced to deal with a state… Expand
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