Determining fixed crane areas in rail-rail transshipment yards
To enable rapid container transshipment between freight trains in modern rail-rail transshipment yards efficient computerized scheduling procedures are indispensable. This paper proposes a dynamic programming approach, which determines yard areas for gantry cranes, so that the workload is evenly spread among cranes and, thus, train processing is accelerated. In a straightforward simulation of transshipment yard operations, the effect of optimal crane areas vs. equally sized areas is studied, the latter being a common real-world policy. The results indicate a remarkable speed-up of train processing if optimal crane areas are applied.
Volume (Year): 46 (2010)
Issue (Month): 6 (November)
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