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Solving container loading problems by block arrangement. (English) Zbl 1081.90610

Summary: In order to solve heterogeneous single and multiple container loading problems, an algorithm is presented that builds homogeneous blocks of identically orientated items. First a greedy heuristic is presented that generates the desired block arrangements. Second the solutions provided by the greedy heuristic are improved by a tree search. Additional aspects such as load stability and weight distribution within the container are also taken into account. The test cases of Bischoff and Ratcliff are used for benchmarking purposes.

MSC:

90C59 Approximation methods and heuristics in mathematical programming
90B80 Discrete location and assignment
90C27 Combinatorial optimization
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