Accession Number : ADA262592
Title : Determining Cargo Flow for Air Mobility Command's Channel Cargo System.
Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,
Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
Personal Author(s) : Rosario, Michael D
Report Date : Mar 1993
Pagination or Media Count : 188
Abstract : This research investigated using a multiperiod multicommodity minimal cost flow (M2MCF) formulation to model the channel cargo system of the United States Air Force's Air Mobility Command (AMC). The objective of this research was to determine how cargo should flow in the channel cargo system in order to minimize the cargo's delay enroute from its origin to its destination. This research showed the size of an M2MCF model of the channel cargo system exceeds AMC's computational capabilities. Additionally, this research describes three approaches to reduce the problem size. Because of the problem size and other modeling limitations discovered during this research, the presented M2MCF model of the channel cargo system is currently not accurate enough to be useful as a scheduling tool. However, the M2MCF model may be adequate for AMC advance planning purposes. Furthermore, the M2MCF model dual variables may yield useful information for the improvement of AMC's monthly flight schedule. Finally, this research recommends ways to eliminate the limitations associated with the M2MCF model.... Network flows, Logistics, Multiperiod, Multicommodity minimal cost flow, Dual variables, Linear programming.
Descriptors : *LINEAR PROGRAMMING , *LOGISTICS , *CARGO HANDLING , *NETWORK FLOWS , UNITED STATES , AIR FORCE RESEARCH , MODELS , FORMULATIONS , COMPUTER PROGRAMMING , VARIABLES , COSTS , FLIGHT , SCHEDULING , LIMITATIONS , PLANNING , CARGO , DELAY , APPROACH
Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE