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Scheduling tests in automotive R&D projects

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  • Bartels, J.-H.
  • Zimmermann, J.

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In automotive R&D projects a major part of development cost is caused by tests which utilize expensive experimental vehicles. In this paper, we introduce an approach for scheduling the individual tests such that the number of required experimental vehicles is minimized. The proposed approach is based on a new type of multi-mode resource-constrained project scheduling model with minimum and maximum time lags as well as renewable and cumulative resources. We propose a MILP formulation, which is solvable for small problem instances, as well as several variants of a priority-rule based method that serve to solve large problem instances. The developed solution methods are examined in a comprehensive computational study. For a real-world problem instance it is shown that the introduced approach may enhance the current methods applied in practice.

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  • Bartels, J.-H. & Zimmermann, J., 2009. "Scheduling tests in automotive R&D projects," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 193(3), pages 805-819, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:193:y:2009:i:3:p:805-819
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    1. Fündeling, C.-U. & Trautmann, N., 2010. "A priority-rule method for project scheduling with work-content constraints," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 203(3), pages 568-574, June.
    2. Briskorn, Dirk & Choi, Byung-Cheon & Lee, Kangbok & Leung, Joseph & Pinedo, Michael, 2010. "Complexity of single machine scheduling subject to nonnegative inventory constraints," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 207(2), pages 605-619, December.
    3. Hartmann, Sönke & Briskorn, Dirk, 2010. "A survey of variants and extensions of the resource-constrained project scheduling problem," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 207(1), pages 1-14, November.
    4. Briskorn, Dirk & Choi, Byung-Cheon & Lee, Kangbok & Leung, Joseph & Pinedo, Michael, 2009. "Genetic algorithms for inventory constrained scheduling on a single machine," Manuskripte aus den Instituten für Betriebswirtschaftslehre der Universität Kiel 649, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Institut für Betriebswirtschaftslehre.
    5. Shi, Yuhui & Reich, Daniel & Epelman, Marina & Klampfl, Erica & Cohn, Amy, 2017. "An analytical approach to prototype vehicle test scheduling," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 67(C), pages 168-176.

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