Details

Title

Delivery-flow routing and scheduling subject to constraints imposed by vehicle flows in fractal-like networks

Journal title

Archives of Control Sciences

Yearbook

2017

Numer

No 2

Keywords

Control and Systems Engineering ; Modelling and Simulation ; Control and Optimization

Divisions of PAS

Nauki Techniczne

Abstract

<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>The problems of designing supply networks and traffic flow routing and scheduling are the subject of intensive research. The problems encompass the management of the supply of a variety of goods using multi-modal transportation. This research also takes into account the various constraints related to route topology, the parameters of the available fleet of vehicles, order values, delivery due dates, etc. Assuming that the structure of a supply network, constrained by a transport network topology that determines its behavior, we develop a declarative model which would enable the analysis of the relationships between the structure of a supply network and its potential behavior resulting in a set of desired delivery-flows. The problem in question can be reduced to determining sufficient conditions that ensure smooth flow in a transport network with a fractal structure. The proposed approach, which assumes a recursive, fractal network structure, enables the assessment of alternative delivery routes and associated schedules in polynomial time. An illustrative example showing the quantitative and qualitative relationships between the morphological characteristics of the investigated supply networks and the functional parameters of the assumed delivery-flows is provided.</jats:p>

Publisher

Committee of Automatic Control and Robotics PAS

Date

2017

Identifier

ISSN 1230-2384

DOI

10.1515/acsc-2017-0008

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