Algorithms for pipeline transfer scheduling

Young, John Andrew (1992) Algorithms for pipeline transfer scheduling. Research Master thesis, Victoria University of Technology.


A common logistics problem in the petroleum industry is the scheduling of the pipeline transfer of petroleum fuels from oil refineries to distribution terminals. With a fixed set of pipelines, each with its own restrictions and constraints, the scheduler must organize the products and timing of transfers through each pipeline so as to deliver the required quantity of each product to the appropriate terminals to meet the demands of the market. Of the many possible approaches to the scheduling problem which are reviewed in this thesis one basic approach was chosen for future research. Specifically this thesis results from an investigation of the feasibility of using a tree-search algorithm based upon a similar approach successfully used in paper machine trim scheduling.

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Master of Applied Science

Item type Thesis (Research Master thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0102 Applied Mathematics
Historical > FOR Classification > 0910 Manufacturing Engineering
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Keywords Petroleum pipelines, scheduling, algorithm, pipeline transfer, petroleum industry, oil refineries
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