OCCAL. A mixed symbolic-numeric optimal control calculator The numerical solution of optimal control problems by indirect methods (such as multiple shooting or collocation) requires a considerable amount of analytic calculation to establish a numerically tractable system. These analytic calculations, though being rather tedious in realistic examples, are nowadays mostly still done by hand -- and thus prone to calculation errors. The paper aims at automating this analytic processing to a reasonable extent by means of a modern symbolic manipulation language (here: REDUCE). In its present stage of development the package OCCAL (mnemotechnically for Optimal Control $underline{ ext{CAL}}$culator) permits an interactive use, covering tasks like automatic determination of control and, in case of a singular control, of its order.par In simpler problems, the present version of OCCAL automatically produces the full subroutine input for a MULtiple shooting code (MULCON) with adaptive numerical CONtinuation.par In more complicated problems where singular sub-arcs may occur or where the sequence of sub-arcs of the optimal trajectory is unclear OCCAL is a significant help in reducing analytic pre-processing. Examples illustrate the performance of OCCAL/MULCON.

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