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Title: A decomposition method to analyze the performance of frame bridge based automated container terminal
Authors: Hu, H.
Huang, Y.
Zhen, L.
Lee, B.K.
Lee, L.H. 
Chew, E.P. 
Keywords: Automated container terminals
Performance analysis
Port operation
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: Hu, H., Huang, Y., Zhen, L., Lee, B.K., Lee, L.H., Chew, E.P. (2014). A decomposition method to analyze the performance of frame bridge based automated container terminal. Expert Systems with Applications 41 (2) : 357-365. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper studies a new automated container terminal (ACT) system which utilizes multi-storey frame bridges and rail-mounted trolleys to transport containers between the quay and the yard. Different from widely used AGV-ACT systems, the ACT system studied in this paper uses three types of handling machines, which collaborate to transport containers. This study decomposes the container flow in the new ACT system into three queuing sub-networks. Then an iterative method is developed to analyze the operational efficiency of the ACT system. We analyze its transport efficiency by comparing with the widely used AGV-based systems. This study tries to help port operators better understand the relative merits of this new design and decide whether it is applicable in their terminals. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Expert Systems with Applications
ISSN: 09574174
DOI: 10.1016/j.eswa.2013.07.050
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