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The application of the theory is demonstrated through several examples including optimal control of the Chaplygin sleigh, a continuously variable transmission and a problem of motion planning for obstacle avoidance. 2 Nonholonomic Mechanical Systems Constraints on mechanical systems are typically divided into two types: holonomic and nonholonomic, depending on whether the constraint can be derived from a constraint in the configuration space or not. Therefore, the dimension of the space of configurations is reduced by holonomic constraints but not by nonholonomic constraints.

D l of l? is equal to l. t; x; u/ C l? p/, so that both are equivalent to u 2 @l? t; x; p/. For simplicity of the exposition, we no longer involve a duration function d. / with variable velocities, but consider only the calendar duration function t 7! T /. t; o; x/ as a function of current time duration pairs and state. -P. Aubin and L. t; o; x/ C D l? t; x/ (74) was given by Lax-Hop formula (6), p. t ;x 2X /C l. t/ ˆ : 0 ! t/ D 1 2 F. t// 2 l. d/ f0g/ y (76) so that the valuation function inherits the properties of capture basins, without using the Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman partial differential equations (both approaches share the same characteristic system).

Therefore, the nonholonomic equations are free of Lagrange multipliers. , [11, 35] and the references therein). 3 Optimal Control of Nonholonomic Mechanical Systems The purpose of this section is to study optimal control problems for nonholonomic mechanical systems. t/ defined on the control manifold U Â Rn , such that the system with initial condition q0 reaches the point qf at time T (see [4] and [13] for more details). We will analyze the case when the dimension of the input or control distribution is equal to the rank of D.