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Location of Alternative-Fuel Stations Using the Flow-Refueling Location Model and Dispersion of Candidate Sites on Arcs

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  • Michael Kuby

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  • Seow Lim
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    The Flow Refueling Location Model (FRLM) is a flow-intercepting model that locates p stations on a network to maximize the refueling of origin–destination flows. Because of the limited driving range of vehicles, network vertices do not constitute a finite dominating set. This paper extends the FRLM by adding candidate sites along arcs using three methods. The first identifies arc segments where a single facility could refuel a path that would otherwise require two facilities at vertices to refuel it. The other methods use the Added-Node Dispersion Problem (ANDP) to disperse candidate sites along arcs by minimax and maximin methods. While none of the methods generate a finite dominating set, results show that adding ANDP sites produces better solutions than mid-path segments or vertices only. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Networks and Spatial Economics.

    Volume (Year): 7 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 129-152

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:netspa:v:7:y:2007:i:2:p:129-152

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    Keywords: Continuous location; Link; Flow intercepting; Hydrogen refueling; Finite dominating set; Vehicle range;

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    1. Erkut, Erhan, 1990. "The discrete p-dispersion problem," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 46(1), pages 48-60, May.
    2. Bapna, Ravi & Thakur, Lakshman S. & Nair, Suresh K., 2002. "Infrastructure development for conversion to environmentally friendly fuel," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 142(3), pages 480-496, November.
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    1. Erdoğan, Sevgi & Miller-Hooks, Elise, 2012. "A Green Vehicle Routing Problem," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 48(1), pages 100-114.
    2. Capar, Ismail & Kuby, Michael & Leon, V. Jorge & Tsai, Yu-Jiun, 2013. "An arc cover–path-cover formulation and strategic analysis of alternative-fuel station locations," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 227(1), pages 142-151.
    3. Nourbakhsh, Seyed Mohammad & Ouyang, Yanfeng, 2010. "Optimal fueling strategies for locomotive fleets in railroad networks," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 44(8-9), pages 1104-1114, September.

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