SUNConferences, 29th Annual Conference of SAIIE

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A SIMULATION ANNEALING APPROACH TO DETERMINE THE EFFECTIVE TRAIN STATION LAYOUT WITH DIFFERENT PEAK PERIODS
Tshegofatso Bele, Ebouele Blaise Benga, Thomas Tengen

Last modified: 2018-10-09

Abstract


On daily basis different types of passengers use the Johannesburg commuter rail system. This means that there should be a dynamic and heterogeneous element that should be controlled in the commuter rail system design. A standard approach to designing an effective flow layout is to use From-To-Chart technique from which one can improve on efficiency by minimizing backtracking and then use Block Diagram strategy to obtain the physical display. This has been employed and improvements were achieved in previous study. However, the data that considered was for an overall period. The issue that arises is when the commuter rail system experiences different peak periods and different volumes that sum up to the overall data. If different peak periods and their associated volumes are used to design the layout then the layout will have different efficiencies under the different conditions. This research paper uses the techniques borrowed from simulated annealing to compare different periods and different efficiencies to decide on the layout that is suitable for the commuter rail system under the different peak scenarios. Results shows how flexibility in the layout design can be managed.


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