Authors: Abolfazl Zolfaghari; Moein Izadi; Hamideh Razavi
Addresses: Department of Integrated Systems Engineering, The Ohio State University, 1 William L Jones 210 Baker Systems Bldg., 1971 Neil Ave. Columbus, OH 43210, USA ' Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, USA ' Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Azadi Square, Khorasan Razavi, Mashhad, Iran
Abstract: Pipelines as natural gas transmission system is capable to transport a huge volume of gas. Trunkline or mainline is an important part of the system which carries high-pressure natural gas through large-diameter pipes from processing plant to consumption regions. A considerable investment is required for the construction of such pipelines as the major part of the gas transportation system. Furthermore, the cost of trunk line construction depends mainly on design and operating parameters. Thus, finding optimal values for the parameters which minimise the investment over the life of the system, i.e., life cycle cost, could be quite advantageous. In this paper, an approach based on annealing algorithm and a more comprehensive mathematical model presented in the literature is proposed to find optimal values for the design of natural gas trunk line. The life cycle cost is considered as the objective function of the proposed optimisation process. [Received: April 27, 2019; Accepted: November 9, 2019]
Keywords: optimum design; trunkline; simulated annealing algorithm; life cycle cost; LCC; pipeline; natural gas; optimisation; decision making; objective function.
International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology, 2021 Vol.26 No.3, pp.281 - 301
Received: 27 Apr 2019
Accepted: 09 Nov 2019
Published online: 10 Feb 2021 *