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DOI: 10.4230/OASIcs.ATMOS.2013.55
URN: urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-42448
URL: http://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2013/4244/
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Sadykov, Ruslan ; Lazarev, Alexander A. ; Shiryaev, Vitaliy ; Stratonnikov, Alexey

Solving a Freight Railcar Flow Problem Arising in Russia

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Abstract

We consider a variant of the freight railcar flow problem. In this problem, we need 1) to choose a set of transportation demands between stations in a railroad network, and 2) to fulfill these demands by appropriately routing the set of available railcars, while maximizing the total profit. We formulate this problem as a multi-commodity flow problem in a large space-time graph. Three approaches are proposed to solve the Linear Programming relaxation of this formulation: direct solution by an LP solver, a column generation approach based on the path reformulation, and a ``column generation for extended formulations'' approach. In the latter, the multi-commodity flow formulation is solved iteratively by dynamic generation of arc flow variables. Three approaches have been tested on a set of real-life instances provided by one of the largest freight rail transportation companies in Russia. Instances with up to 10 millions of arc flow variables were solved within minutes of computational time.

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@InProceedings{sadykov_et_al:OASIcs:2013:4244,
  author =	{Ruslan Sadykov and Alexander A. Lazarev and Vitaliy Shiryaev and Alexey Stratonnikov},
  title =	{{Solving a Freight Railcar Flow Problem Arising in Russia}},
  booktitle =	{13th Workshop on Algorithmic Approaches for Transportation Modelling, Optimization, and Systems},
  pages =	{55--67},
  series =	{OpenAccess Series in Informatics (OASIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-939897-58-3},
  ISSN =	{2190-6807},
  year =	{2013},
  volume =	{33},
  editor =	{Daniele Frigioni and Sebastian Stiller},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{http://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2013/4244},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-42448},
  doi =		{10.4230/OASIcs.ATMOS.2013.55},
  annote =	{Keywords: Freight routing, multi-commodity flow, column generation}
}

Keywords: Freight routing, multi-commodity flow, column generation
Seminar: 13th Workshop on Algorithmic Approaches for Transportation Modelling, Optimization, and Systems
Issue Date: 2013
Date of publication: 30.08.2013


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