1st Edition

Freight Transport and Distribution Concepts and Optimisation Models

By Tolga Bektas Copyright 2017
    285 Pages 71 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    This book serves as a primer on freight transportation and logistics, providing a general and broad coverage of concepts, mathematical models and methodologies available for freight transportation planning at strategic, tactical and operational levels. It is aimed at graduate students, and is also a reference book for practitioners in the field.

    The book includes preliminaries, such as mathematical modeling and optimisation algorithms. The book also features case studies and practical real-life examples to illustrate applications of the concepts and models covered, and to encourage a hands-on and a practical approach. The author has taught and published extensively in the field and draw on state-of-the-art scientific research. He has also been part of a number of practical research projects, which underpin the real life examples in the book.

    Concepts. Location in Networks. Hub Location. Facility Location. Transportation and Service Networks. Multicommodity Network Design. Service Network Design. Short-Haul Freight Transportation. Routing Problems. Traveling Salesman Problems. Vehicle Routing Problems. Integrated Routing Problems. Location-Routing, Inventory-Routing and Production-Routing. Green Freight Distribution. Collaboration in Freight Distribution. Cooperative Game Theory. Methodology.


    Tolga Bektas is Professor of Logistics Management at the University of Southampton. He has taken part in a number of practical logistics projects, in collaboration with industrial partners such as Canadian National Railway (Canada) and Rail Safety and Standards Board (UK).

    'The mix of theoretical and conceptual background, modelling techniques and empirical real world examples make this an excellent textbook for understanding the modelling and optimization of logistics problems.'

    -- Jason Monios, Napier University, UK

    'This will be a very good textbook for engineering students new to the discipline of freight transportation management.'

    -- Elsie Hooi, RMIT, Australia

    'A solid resource for post-secondary courses in freight transportation and logistics planning.'

    -- Matthew Roorda, University of Toronto

    From the foreword: 'This book is truly modern in its design, coverage and treatment. It can be used as a basic reference in a postgraduate course and should be of high benefit to researchers engaged in the field of freight transport.'

    -- Gilbert Laporte, University of Southampton