Network Flow based approaches for the Pipelines Routing Problem in Naval Design

08/01/2021 ∙ by Víctor Blanco, et al. ∙ 0

In this paper we propose a general methodology for the optimal automatic routing of spatial pipelines motivated by a recent collaboration with Ghenova, a leading Naval Engineering company. We provide a minimum cost multicommodity network flow based model for the problem incorporating all the technical requirements for a feasible pipeline routing. A branch-and-cut approach is designed and different matheuristic algorithms are derived for solving efficiently the problem. We report the results of a battery of computational experiments to assess the problem performance as well as a case study of a real-world naval instance provided by our partner company.

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