Continuous-Time Formulation for Oil Products Transportation Scheduling

Hossein Mostafaei, Pedro M. Castro

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This paper presents a novel Mixed Integer Linear Programming (MILP) model for the operational planning of an oil transportation system characterized by a straight multiproduct pipeline with dual purpose terminals that could represent facility input or output. It is based on a continuous representation in both time and volume scales and is capable of meeting all operational constraints related to product sequencing, mass balances and pipeline loading/unloading operations. Contrary to previous approaches, the model allows an intermediate node and the previous segment to simultaneously inject material in the pipeline. Computational results and data are reported.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Computational Logistics
Subtitle of host publicationICCL 2016
EditorsA. Paias, M. Ruthmair, S. Voss
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-44896-1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


  • Transportation
  • MILP
  • Pipeline networks
  • Continuous representation

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