Conference Contribution

Collocation Methods for Optimization in a Modelica Environment

Fredrik Magnusson, Johan Åkesson


The solution of generic dynamic optimization problems described by Modelica, and its extension Optimica, code using direct collocation methods is discussed. We start by providing a description of dynamic optimization problems in general and how to solve them by means of direct collocation. Next, an existing implementation of a collocation algorithm in, using CasADi and IPOPT, is presented. The extensions made to this implementation are reported.

The new implementation is compared to an old C-based collocation algorithm in in two benchmarks. The presented benchmarks are based on a continuously stirred tank reactor and a combined cycle power plant. The new algorithm and its surrounding framework is more flexible and shown to be several times more efficient than its predecessor.


dynamic optimization,, collocation, nonlinear programming, CasADi

In 9th International Modelica Conference, Munich, Germany, September 2012.

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