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Title: Performance analysis on transfer platforms in frame bridge based automated container terminals
Authors: Hu, H.
Lee, B.K.
Huang, Y.
Lee, L.H. 
Chew, E.P. 
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: Hu, H., Lee, B.K., Huang, Y., Lee, L.H., Chew, E.P. (2013). Performance analysis on transfer platforms in frame bridge based automated container terminals. Mathematical Problems in Engineering 2013 : -. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper studies a new automated container terminal (ACT) system which utilizes multistory frame bridges and rail-mounted trolleys to transport containers between the quay and the yard. Beside typical ACT systems use trucks or automated guided vehicles for transporting containers between quay cranes and yard cranes, the new design uses three types of handling machines, namely, ground trolleys (GTs), transfer platforms (TPs), and frame trolleys (FTs). These three types of handling machines collaborate with one another to transport containers. This study decomposes the system into several subsystems. Each subsystem has one TP and several FTs and GTs dedicated to this TP. Then, a Markov chain model is developed to analyze the throughput of TPs. At last, the performance of the new ACT system is estimated. Sensitivity analyzes the numbers, and the processing rates of trolleys are conducted through the numeric experiments. © 2013 Hongtao Hu et al.
Source Title: Mathematical Problems in Engineering
ISSN: 1024123X
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