Development of timed Colour Petri net simulation models for air cargo terminal operations

Chul Ung Lee, Huei Chuen Huang, Bin Liu, Zhiyong Xu

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

21 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This paper presents the development and the application of simulation models for air cargo terminal operations. As air cargo volume is fast increasing in recent years, air cargo terminals which handle cargos for carriers face challenges to streamline their operations. Air cargo terminals employ diverse storage media and are also equipped with various material handling equipments. Due to the complex and stochastic nature of terminal operations, which makes formulation of analytical model difficult, in this study, simulation models are developed to analyze the air cargo terminal operations. We first employ timed CPN (Colour Petri nets) to model the terminal operations, and then the corresponding simulation model will be developed. In order to validate this simulation model, we run the model based on actual cargo retrieval schedules obtained from an air cargo terminal. The results show that this model provides a good estimate of the terminal performance. The model is then employed to analyze the performance of the airline assignment policy for the objective of minimizing the cargo processing times, and the results show that the proposed policy significantly improves the operational performance of air cargo terminals. Second, the simulation model is employed to analyze the performance of an AS/RS (Automated Storage and Retrieval System), and the performance of the proposed storage policy is compared with that of the current policy. The simulation experiment also validates the optimal parameter value from the analytic model. The developed models simulate air cargo terminal operations effectively and efficiently, and will aid future studies in the design and control of terminal operations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-110
Number of pages9
JournalComputers and Industrial Engineering
Volume51
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Sep 1

Fingerprint

Petri nets
Petri Nets
Simulation Model
Color
Air
Retrieval
Materials Handling
Model
Optimal Parameter
Streamlines
Air cargo
Simulation model
Analytical Model
Materials handling equipment
Simulation Experiment
Schedule
Assignment
Face
Model-based
Policy

Keywords

  • Air cargo terminal
  • Airline assignment
  • AS/RS storage policy
  • Colour Petri nets
  • Discrete event simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics

Cite this

Development of timed Colour Petri net simulation models for air cargo terminal operations. / Lee, Chul Ung; Huang, Huei Chuen; Liu, Bin; Xu, Zhiyong.

In: Computers and Industrial Engineering, Vol. 51, No. 1, 01.09.2006, p. 102-110.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lee, Chul Ung ; Huang, Huei Chuen ; Liu, Bin ; Xu, Zhiyong. / Development of timed Colour Petri net simulation models for air cargo terminal operations. In: Computers and Industrial Engineering. 2006 ; Vol. 51, No. 1. pp. 102-110.
@article{cb1a9bd04048460fa541db9579775949,
title = "Development of timed Colour Petri net simulation models for air cargo terminal operations",
abstract = "This paper presents the development and the application of simulation models for air cargo terminal operations. As air cargo volume is fast increasing in recent years, air cargo terminals which handle cargos for carriers face challenges to streamline their operations. Air cargo terminals employ diverse storage media and are also equipped with various material handling equipments. Due to the complex and stochastic nature of terminal operations, which makes formulation of analytical model difficult, in this study, simulation models are developed to analyze the air cargo terminal operations. We first employ timed CPN (Colour Petri nets) to model the terminal operations, and then the corresponding simulation model will be developed. In order to validate this simulation model, we run the model based on actual cargo retrieval schedules obtained from an air cargo terminal. The results show that this model provides a good estimate of the terminal performance. The model is then employed to analyze the performance of the airline assignment policy for the objective of minimizing the cargo processing times, and the results show that the proposed policy significantly improves the operational performance of air cargo terminals. Second, the simulation model is employed to analyze the performance of an AS/RS (Automated Storage and Retrieval System), and the performance of the proposed storage policy is compared with that of the current policy. The simulation experiment also validates the optimal parameter value from the analytic model. The developed models simulate air cargo terminal operations effectively and efficiently, and will aid future studies in the design and control of terminal operations.",
keywords = "Air cargo terminal, Airline assignment, AS/RS storage policy, Colour Petri nets, Discrete event simulation",
author = "Lee, {Chul Ung} and Huang, {Huei Chuen} and Bin Liu and Zhiyong Xu",
year = "2006",
month = "9",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.cie.2006.07.002",
language = "English",
volume = "51",
pages = "102--110",
journal = "Computers and Industrial Engineering",
issn = "0360-8352",
publisher = "Elsevier Limited",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Development of timed Colour Petri net simulation models for air cargo terminal operations

AU - Lee, Chul Ung

AU - Huang, Huei Chuen

AU - Liu, Bin

AU - Xu, Zhiyong

PY - 2006/9/1

Y1 - 2006/9/1

N2 - This paper presents the development and the application of simulation models for air cargo terminal operations. As air cargo volume is fast increasing in recent years, air cargo terminals which handle cargos for carriers face challenges to streamline their operations. Air cargo terminals employ diverse storage media and are also equipped with various material handling equipments. Due to the complex and stochastic nature of terminal operations, which makes formulation of analytical model difficult, in this study, simulation models are developed to analyze the air cargo terminal operations. We first employ timed CPN (Colour Petri nets) to model the terminal operations, and then the corresponding simulation model will be developed. In order to validate this simulation model, we run the model based on actual cargo retrieval schedules obtained from an air cargo terminal. The results show that this model provides a good estimate of the terminal performance. The model is then employed to analyze the performance of the airline assignment policy for the objective of minimizing the cargo processing times, and the results show that the proposed policy significantly improves the operational performance of air cargo terminals. Second, the simulation model is employed to analyze the performance of an AS/RS (Automated Storage and Retrieval System), and the performance of the proposed storage policy is compared with that of the current policy. The simulation experiment also validates the optimal parameter value from the analytic model. The developed models simulate air cargo terminal operations effectively and efficiently, and will aid future studies in the design and control of terminal operations.

AB - This paper presents the development and the application of simulation models for air cargo terminal operations. As air cargo volume is fast increasing in recent years, air cargo terminals which handle cargos for carriers face challenges to streamline their operations. Air cargo terminals employ diverse storage media and are also equipped with various material handling equipments. Due to the complex and stochastic nature of terminal operations, which makes formulation of analytical model difficult, in this study, simulation models are developed to analyze the air cargo terminal operations. We first employ timed CPN (Colour Petri nets) to model the terminal operations, and then the corresponding simulation model will be developed. In order to validate this simulation model, we run the model based on actual cargo retrieval schedules obtained from an air cargo terminal. The results show that this model provides a good estimate of the terminal performance. The model is then employed to analyze the performance of the airline assignment policy for the objective of minimizing the cargo processing times, and the results show that the proposed policy significantly improves the operational performance of air cargo terminals. Second, the simulation model is employed to analyze the performance of an AS/RS (Automated Storage and Retrieval System), and the performance of the proposed storage policy is compared with that of the current policy. The simulation experiment also validates the optimal parameter value from the analytic model. The developed models simulate air cargo terminal operations effectively and efficiently, and will aid future studies in the design and control of terminal operations.

KW - Air cargo terminal

KW - Airline assignment

KW - AS/RS storage policy

KW - Colour Petri nets

KW - Discrete event simulation

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=33749072212&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=33749072212&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.cie.2006.07.002

DO - 10.1016/j.cie.2006.07.002

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:33749072212

VL - 51

SP - 102

EP - 110

JO - Computers and Industrial Engineering

JF - Computers and Industrial Engineering

SN - 0360-8352

IS - 1

ER -