Optimum design of slurry pipelines

Yıldız, Burhan
There exist various applications of transportation of slurries through pipelines all over the world. In the present study, the problem is formulated as a "transportation problem" to determine the pipe diameters and amounts of slurry to be transported from the demand (production) points to the processing (factory) points. The minimization of the cost consisting of the pipe and energy cost terms is considered as the objective function to determine the stated decision variables. Pipe cost is given as the function of pipe diameters and the energy cost is defined as function of pipe diameters and slurry amounts. Energy cost is obtained by using the relation that is previously determined after the experimental studies made for the magnetite ore. The optimization method used in the study is genetic algorithm method. A commercially available software written in C language is used and modified for the present study The proposed methodology to solve this nonlinear programming problem is applied to a transportation system and it is seen that the methodology made the complex, labor intensive equation solution process very convenient for the users.


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Citation Formats
B. Yıldız, “Optimum design of slurry pipelines,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2009.