Continuous-time models have evolved as a promising tool for formulating problems related to short-term scheduling. This article presents an analysis, advantages, and limitations of recent models proposed in the literature for short-term scheduling of batch plants based on unit-specific event-based time representation. The purpose of this study is to generalize and enhance previous unit-specific event-based scheduling models for efficient handling of various issues such as nonsimultaneous material transfers, comprehensive sequencing constraints for handling of different storage policies, unit-wait policies, and utility resources. Accordingly, a rigorous unit-specific event-based model has been proposed that allows for conditional sequencing of each production and consumption task, only if the material produced by a given production task is used by a given consumption task. The proposed approach leads to reduction in number of events, and the model can effectively handle scheduling problems with different storage policies: UIS, FIS, NIS, and ZW. It can can also handle different unit-wait policies. The proposed conditional sequencing concept is also extended for efficient handling of utility resources, thus resulting in further reduction in number of events required compared to the published literature.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Chemistry
- General Chemical Engineering
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering