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A flexible resource investment problem based on project splitting for aircraft moving assembly line

Yifei Ren (Tongji University, Shanghai, China)
Zhiqiang Lu (Tongji University, Shanghai, China)

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 25 July 2019

Issue publication date: 3 October 2019



In response to the station design and flexible resources allocation of the aircraft moving assembly line, a new problem named flexible resource investment problem based on project splitting (FRIP_PS), which minimizes total cost of resources with a given deadline are proposed in this paper.


First, a corresponding mathematical model considering project splitting is constructed, which needs to be simultaneously determined together with job scheduling to acquire the optimized project scheduling scheme and resource configurations. Then, an integrated nested optimization algorithm including project splitting policy and job scheduling policy is designed in this paper. In the first stage of the algorithm, a heuristic algorithm designed to get the project splitting scheme and then in the second stage a genetic algorithm with local prospective scheduling strategy is adopted to solve the flexible resource investment problem.


The heuristic algorithm of project splitting gets better project splitting results through the job shift selection strategy and meanwhile guides the algorithm of the second stage. Furthermore, the genetic algorithm solves resources allocation and job schedule through evaluation rules which can effectively solve the delayed execution of jobs because of improper allocation of flexible resources.


This paper represents a new extension of the resource investment problem based on aircraft moving assembly line. An effective integrated nested optimization algorithm is proposed to specify station splitting scheme, job scheduling scheme and resources allocation in the assembly lines, which is significant for practical engineering applications.



This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61473211, 71171130).


Ren, Y. and Lu, Z. (2019), "A flexible resource investment problem based on project splitting for aircraft moving assembly line", Assembly Automation, Vol. 39 No. 4, pp. 532-547.



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