Beam search heuristics for the single and multi-commodity capacitated Multi-facility Weber Problems


AKYÜZ M. H. , ÖNCAN T. , ALTINEL İ. K.

COMPUTERS & OPERATIONS RESEARCH, cilt.40, ss.3056-3068, 2013 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 40 Konu: 12
  • Basım Tarihi: 2013
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.cor.2013.07.013
  • Dergi Adı: COMPUTERS & OPERATIONS RESEARCH
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.3056-3068

Özet

The Multi-facility Weber Problem (MWP) is concerned with locating I uncapacitated facilities in the plane to satisfy the demand off customers with the minimum total transportation cost of a single commodity. It is a non-convex optimization problem and difficult to solve. In this work, we focus on the capacitated extensions of the MWP which are Capacitated MWP (CMWP) and multi-commodity CMWP (MCMWP). Both the CMWP and MCMWP impose capacity restrictions on facilities. Indeed, the MCMWP is a natural extension of the CMWP and considers the situation where K distinct commodities are shipped subject to limitations on the total amount of goods sent from facilities to the customers. Customer locations, demands and capacities for each commodity are known a priori. The transportation costs, which depend on the commodity type, are proportional to the distance between customers and facilities. We first introduce branch and bound algorithms for both the CMWP and the MCMWP then we propose beam search heuristics for these problems. According to our computational experiments on standard and randomly generated test instances, we can say that the new heuristics perform very well. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.