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978-3-8439-0110-9, Reihe Mathematik
On the Solution of Some Railway Freight Car Optimization Problems
184 Seiten, Dissertation Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (2011), Softcover, A5
We can encounter railway freight car optimization problems in all aspects of railroad life. They can be classified according to their main task into several sub-problems, e.g., fleet management, freight car distribution, time-tabling, crew scheduling, and shunting.
In this thesis, we consider a shunting problem in marshalling yards which turns out to be NP-hard. Thus, it seems unlikely to compute efficiently an optimal solution for large-scale instances. This motivates the search for fast algorithms providing upper and lower bounds on the optimal solution with provable and admissible performance guarantee.
Additionally, we model a network with a directed and weighted graph and propose an algorithmic approach for the empty freight car distribution problem. We have a closer look on a particular issue of this real-word problem which turns out to be a generalized network flow problem.