The effect of time-window constraints and fleet size on the cost of a distribution operation

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dc.contributor.advisor Black, Ian G.
dc.contributor.author Barham, P. A. J.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-23T11:00:35Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-23T11:00:35Z
dc.date.issued 1991-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1826/3865
dc.description.abstract Adopting a Continuous Space Modelling-type scenario of no detailed data being available at a customer-specific level, and on the basis, therefore, of basic information on delivery-area size, total number of locations to be visited and average road-speeds etc., quantitative expressions are derived for, the relationship between the number of vehicles operating from a central depot and the total fleet mileage that is required to visit a set of locations, and, 2. the effect of time-window constraints on the total cost of a similar operation. These expressions are derived using a simulation-based methodology, involving the setting-up of a computer program which both generates Travelling-Salesman tours and provides information on these tours at a detailed, disaggregated level. In the time-constrained context, it was necessary to develop a heuristic route-building procedure for solving Travelling-Salesman Problems due to the algorithmic en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher Cranfield University en_UK
dc.title The effect of time-window constraints and fleet size on the cost of a distribution operation en_UK
dc.type Thesis or dissertation en_UK
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en_UK
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_UK


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