The capacitated multi-facility weber problem with polyhedral barriers: Efficient heuristic methods


COMPUTERS & INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING, vol.113, pp.221-240, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 113
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.cie.2017.09.011
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.221-240
  • Galatasaray University Affiliated: Yes


The Capacitated Multi-facility Weber Problem investigates the optimal locations of I capacitated facilities in the plane to satisfy the demand off customers so that the total transportation cost is minimized. Facilities can be placed without any restrictions and customers are directly served without interruptions. In this work, we focus on the case with polyhedral barriers in which neither locating a facility nor travelling is permitted. Then, the transportation costs are dependent not only on the direct distances between facilities and customers but also on the location and size of the polyhedral barriers in presence. This results in a non-convex optimization problem which is difficult to solve. We offer two alternate location-allocation heuristics and two discrete approximation heuristics that are specially tailored for this problem. An extensive set of computational experiments are performed on the randomly generated test instances. Our results indicate that suggested heuristic methods are very efficient and yield promising results for this difficult problem. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.