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Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 1978; doi:10.3390/su9111978

Optimization of Emergency Material Dispatch from Multiple Depot Locations to Multiple Disaster Sites

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College of Harbor, Coastal and Offshore Engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098, China
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School of Public Administration, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098, China
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Business School, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, China
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Received: 16 October 2017 / Revised: 23 October 2017 / Accepted: 26 October 2017 / Published: 29 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
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Abstract

This study establishes an optimization model of emergency material dispatch with the objectives of the highest reliability and lowest cost when the time frame is uncertain and the emergency material must be dispatched from multiple depot locations to multiple disaster sites. Because the two objectives are not consistent with one another, we propose an algorithm for solving the model by introducing the concept of ideal points, whereby the ideal point between the two objectives is considered the best plan. The study also proves the feasibility and validity of the algorithm with real-life examples. View Full-Text
Keywords: emergency material dispatch; reliability; ideal point; multiple disaster sites; multiple depot locations emergency material dispatch; reliability; ideal point; multiple disaster sites; multiple depot locations
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Wang, W.; Huang, L.; Guo, Z. Optimization of Emergency Material Dispatch from Multiple Depot Locations to Multiple Disaster Sites. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1978.

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