FLOW OPTIMIZATION ON A TRANSPORTATION NETWORK

A demonstration is presented of the Out-of-Kilter Algorithm's usefulness for network flow optimization and transportation planning. Guidelines in the form of input parameters are given for applying the algorithm to solve several well-known transportation and network problems. An example application of the algorithm to a limestone-distribution network is then presented. The method is applied to investigate impacts of alternative improvements to the present limestone transport-distribution system in the Tiete River Valley, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Two alternative transportation systems are investigated, a truck system and an intermodal truck-barge system. Assigned flows and optimal transportation costs are obtained for each case. A sensitivity analysis is applied, iteratively, to locate and size transshipment terminals.

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  • Accession Number: 00194122
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1979 12:00AM