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In this paper, we introduce a generalized multiperiod scheduling version of the pooling problem to represent time varying blending systems. A general nonconvex MINLP formulation of the problem is presented. The primary difficulties in solving this optimization problem are the presence of bilinear terms, as well as binary decision variables required to(More)
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is steadily becoming a common mode for commercializing natural gas. Due to the capital intensive nature of LNG projects, the optimal design of LNG supply chains is extremely important from a profitability perspective. Motivated by the need for a model that can assist in the design analysis of LNG supply chains, we address an LNG(More)
In this work we present an Outer-Approximation algorithm to obtain the global optimum of a nonconvex Mixed Integer Nonlinear Programming (MINLP) model for the scheduling of crude oil movement at the front-end of a petroleum refinery. The model relies on a continuous time representation making use of transfer events. The proposed technique focuses on(More)
We propose a constraint programming approach for the optimization of inventory routing in the liquefied natural gas industry. We present two constraint programming models that rely on a disjunctive scheduling representation of the problem. We also propose an iterative search heuristic to generate good feasible solutions for these models. Computational(More)