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Distribution planning of bulk lubricants at BP Turkey

Uzar, Muhammed Furkan and Çatay, Bülent (2010) Distribution planning of bulk lubricants at BP Turkey. [Working Paper / Technical Report] Sabanci University ID:SU_FENS_2010/0001

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Abstract

We address the distribution planning problem of bulk lubricants at BP Turkey. The problem is a multi-product, multi-period, heterogeneous fleet distribution problem which involves the scheduling of customer orders and routing of tank trucks such that total distribution costs are minimized. We model this problem as a 0-1 mixed integer linear program. Since the model is intractable for real-life industrial environment we propose two heuristic approaches and discuss their performances. The first approach is a linear programming relaxation-based algorithm while the second is a threshold accepting heuristic. We propose two variants of the latter heuristic: the first uses the distance priority whereas the second has a due date priority. The numerical results show that both threshold accepting heuristics are able to provide good results fast.

Item Type:Working Paper / Technical Report
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General) > T055.4-60.8 Industrial engineering. Management engineering
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T055.4-60.8 Industrial engineering. Management engineering > T57.6-57.97 Operations research. Systems analysis
ID Code:13863
Deposited By:Bülent Çatay
Deposited On:22 Mar 2010 12:42
Last Modified:31 May 2010 10:35

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