A set-covering model for a bidirectional multi-shift full truckload vehicle routing problem

Bai, Ruibin and Xue, Ning and Chen, Jianjun and Roberts, Gethin Wyn (2015) A set-covering model for a bidirectional multi-shift full truckload vehicle routing problem. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 79 . pp. 134-148. ISSN 0191-2615

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Abstract

This paper introduces a bidirectional multi-shift full truckload transportation problem with operation dependent service times. The problem is different from the previous container transport problems and the existing approaches for container transport problems and vehicle routing pickup and delivery are either not suitable or inefficient. In this paper, a set covering model is developed for the problem based on a novel route representation and a container-flow mapping. It was demonstrated that the model can be applied to solve real-life, medium sized instances of the container transport problem at a large international port. A lower bound of the problem is also obtained by relaxing the time window constraints to the nearest shifts and transforming the problem into a service network design problem. Implications and managerial insights of the results by the lower bound results are also provided.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Full truckload transport; Container transport; Vehicle routing; Set covering; Service network design
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Computer Science
University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Science and Engineering > Department of Civil Engineering
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.trb.2015.06.002
Depositing User: LIN, Zhiren
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2017 11:53
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2017 12:14
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/47711

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