A Priori Error Analysis for an Optimal Control Problem Governed by a Variational Inequality of the Second Kind

Christian Meyer, Monika Weymuth

We consider an optimal control problem governed by an elliptic variational inequality of the second kind. The problem is discretized by linear finite elements for the state and a variational discrete approach for the control. Based on a quadratic growth condition we derive nearly optimal a priori error estimates. Moreover, we establish second order sufficient optimality conditions that ensure a quadratic growth condition. These conditions are rather restrictive, but allow us to construct a one-dimensional locally optimal solution with reduced regularity, which serves as an exact solution for numerical experiments.

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