Combinatorial algorithm for synthesizing redundant structures to increase reliability of supply chains: Application to biodiesel supply

Botond Bertok, Karoly Kalauz, Zoltan Sule, Ferenc Friedler

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Abstract

The current work reveals a methodology that provides an adequate basis to portray and model supply chains mathematically and formally as well as to synthesize optimal and alternative supply scenarios algorithmically while taking into account structural redundancy. The proposed methodology is based on the combinatorial foundations of algorithmic process synthesis or more specifically on the P-graph framework. A biodiesel supply network involving blending and transportation serves as an illustrative example. A novel algorithm generates the mathematical model and alternative solutions to increase reliability of supply scenarios. Major steps of the generation are the structure generation and estimation of reliability of a supply scenario.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-186
Number of pages6
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 9 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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