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.
|Date of creation:||09 Jul 2009|
|Publication status:||Published in: Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review 46/6 (2010), 1005-1016.|
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