Title: Solution approaches to the blood distribution problem of the Turkish Red Crescent

Authors: Atıl Kurt; Meral Azizoglu; Ferda Can Çetinkaya

Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering, Çankaya University, 06790, Ankara, Turkey ' Department of Industrial Engineering, Middle East Technical University, 06800, Ankara, Turkey ' Department of Industrial Engineering, Çankaya University, 06790, Ankara, Turkey

Abstract: This paper considers the blood distribution problem that includes irradiation centres, urgent demands, and product availability in Turkey, Central Anatolian Regional Blood Center of the Turkish Red Crescent. To address the problem, we develop a mixed integer linear program with two objectives: maximising the demand satisfaction and minimising total time travelled by the vehicles. We propose two decomposition-based heuristic solution approaches. The results of our experiments have revealed that the model cannot solve even small sized instances in reasonable times; however, the heuristic solution approaches are appropriate for solving complex real life problems. [Received: 5 May 2017; Revised: 21 December 2017; Accepted: 9 February 2018]

Keywords: blood distribution system; humanitarian logistics; vehicle routing; mixed integer linear programming model; heuristic solution approaches.

DOI: 10.1504/EJIE.2018.092008

European Journal of Industrial Engineering, 2018 Vol.12 No.3, pp.405 - 441

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 22 May 2018 *

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