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# The Ring Tree Facility Location Problem

Publikationstyp

Journal Article

Publikationsdatum

2015-12

Sprache

English

Institut

TORE-URI

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Volume

50

Start Page

331

End Page

336

Citation

Electronic Notes in Discrete Mathematics (50): 331-336 (2015-12)

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In this work we discuss a facility location variant of the capacitated ring tree problem. The new model generalizes vehicle routing problems and Steiner tree problems, yielding applicability in telecommunication and transportation networks. In this ring tree facility location problem (RTFLP) two layers of networks have to be designed to connect two different types of customers to a central depot. The first, or inner layer, consists of cycles that intersect in the depot and collect all type 2 customers, and some of the type 1 customers. An outer layer is represented by a forest that contains the remaining type 1 customers such that each tree shares exactly one vertex with the inner layer. Capacity bounds apply to the number of connected substructures emanating from the depot, the number of customers in each of these so-called ring trees, and in each tree of the forest. Additional optional Steiner vertices can be used to reduce the overall costs, which are layer-dependent edge costs and facility location costs at the vertices in which the two layers coincide. Our contribution is the introduction of the RTFLP, the development of two mathematical formulations, and preliminary computational results for the first RTFLP test set derived from instances from the literature.