Ammunition transfer system optimization problem

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, Turkey

Approval Date: 2012


Supervisor: ÖMER KIRCA


Ammunition Transfer System (ATS) is the electro-mechanical system of the Ammunition Resupply Vehicle (ARV) which will be used to meet T-155 mm Fırtına howitzers’ ammunition demand for tactical requirements of higher firing rate by off-road mobility and survivability. The transfer of ammunitions from ARV to Fırtına is to be optimized for an effective improvement of firing rate. In this thesis the transferring order of carried ammunitions is being optimized to minimize the total ammunition transferring time. This transfer problem is modeled as a modification of Travelling Salesman Problem (TSP). The given locations of the ammunitions are treated as cities to be visited and the gripper of ATS is treated as the traveling salesman. By GAMS; the small-size problems are solved optimally but large-size ones get only local optimum. A heuristic algorithm that contains nearest neighbor heuristics as construction method and 2-opt exchange heuristic as improvement method is developed to obtain same or better solutions obtained by GAMS with less computational time.