Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2006

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

First Advisor

John K. Jackman

Second Advisor

Sigurdur Olafsson

Abstract

The Panama Canal can be modeled as a stochastic flexible flow shop for the purpose of scheduling. A metaheuristic stochastic optimization method (Nested Partition) was used to determine if current scheduling practices could be improved by reducing the makespan for vessel traffic. Results indicate that classifying the vessels according to the time that they spend transiting the canal and using some rules and metaheuristic technique for parallel flow shop improves the makespan. The schedules produced by this method show distinct patterns as described by the sequence of vessel types.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-15339

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu

Copyright Owner

Zoila Yadira Guerra de Castillo

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI3229079

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

114 pages

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