This paper considers the problem of placing a single rectangular Generalized Congested Region (GCR) of given area but unknown dimensions in the presence of other rectangular GCRs, where the edges of the rectangles are parallel to the travel axes. GCRs are closed and bounded regions in ℰ2 in which facility location is prohibited but through travel is allowed at an additional cost per unit distance. An interactive model is considered in which there is interaction not only between the Input/Output (I/O) point of the new GCR and the I/O points (of the existing GCRs) but between the existing I/O points themselves. Two versions of the problem are considered when: (i) the I/O point of the new GCR is located on its boundary but its exact location has to be determined; and (ii) the I/O point is located inside the new GCR at its centroid. The feasible region is divided into cells obtained by drawing a grid. We analyze the problem based on whether or not the new GCR's placement intersects gridlines. When the new GCR does not intersect gridlines, we prove that the optimal location can be drawn from a finite set ofcandidate points. However, when the new GCR intersects gridlines, we split the feasible region by equal travel-time partitions such that the flows through gridlines can be uniquely classified as: (i) travel through; or (ii) left bypass; or (iii) right bypass. The solution methodologies for all cases are shown to be polynomially bounded in the number of GCRs.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||IIE Transactions (Institute of Industrial Engineers)|
|State||Published - Jan 2005|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering