A deterministic annealing algorithm for the pre- and end-haulage of intermodal container terminals
by An Caris, Gerrit K. Janssens
International Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology (IJCAET), Vol. 2, No. 4, 2010

Abstract: The drayage of containers in the service area of an intermodal barge terminal is modelled as a full truckload pickup and delivery problem with time windows (FTPDPTW). Initial solutions are generated with an insertion heuristic and improved with three local search operators. In a post-optimisation phase, the three search operators are integrated in a deterministic annealing (DA) framework. The mechanism of the heuristic procedures is demonstrated with a numerical example. A sensitivity analysis indicates that the DA algorithm is robust with respect to variations in threshold value and quality of the initial solution.

Online publication date: Thu, 30-Sep-2010

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