Just-in-time delivery for green fleets: A feedback control approach

Seok Gi Lee, Vittaldas V. Prabhu

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Abstract

With increasing attention being paid to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the transportation industry has become an important focus of approaches to reduce GHG emissions, especially carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions. In this competitive industry, of course, any new emissions reduction technique must be economically attractive and contribute to good operational performance. In this paper, a continuous-variable feedback control algorithm called GEET (Greening via Energy and Emissions in Transportation) is developed; customer deliveries are assigned to a fleet of vehicles with the objective function of Just-in-Time (JIT) delivery and fuel performance metrics akin to the vehicle routing problem with soft time windows (VRPSTW). GEET simultaneously determines vehicle routing and sets cruising speeds that can be either fixed for the entire trip or varied dynamically based on anticipated performance. Dynamic models for controlling vehicle cruising speed and departure times are proposed, and the impact of cruising speed on JIT performance and fuel performance are evaluated. Allowing GEET to vary cruising speed is found to produce an average of 12.0-16.0% better performance in fuel cost, and -36.0% to +16.0% discrepancy in the overall transportation cost as compared to the Adaptive Large Neighborhood Search (ALNS) heuristic for a set of benchmark problems. GEET offers the advantage of extremely fast computational times, which is a substantial strength, especially in a dynamic transportation environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-245
Number of pages17
JournalTransportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment
Volume46
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

Keywords

  • Feedback control
  • Fuel consumption
  • Just-in-time delivery
  • Vehicle routing problem with soft time windows

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Transportation

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