Functional modeling for green biomass supply chains

Pavlou, D., Orfanou, A., Busato, P. , Berruto, R., Sørensen, C. and Bochtis, D. (2016) Functional modeling for green biomass supply chains. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 122 . pp. 29-40. ISSN 01681699

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The biomass supply chain is a multiple-segment chain characterized by prominent complexity and uncertainty, and as such, it requires increased managerial efforts as compared to the case of a single operation management. This paper deals with the supply chain management of green (e.g. grass) biomass. Specifically, three different supply chain systems, in terms of machinery configurations, were analyzed and evaluated in terms of task times and cost performance. By using a functional modeling methodology, the structural representations of the systems, in terms of activities, actions, processes, and operations, were generated and implemented by the ExtendSim® simulation software. It was shown that the models can identify the bottlenecks of the systems and can be further used as a decision support system by testing various alternatives, in terms of the resources used and their dimensioning. Finally, the models were evaluated against the sensitivity on input parameters which are known with a level of uncertainty, i.e. the expected yield and the expected machinery performance.

Keywords:Biomass harvestsing logistics
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D441 Farm Management
H Engineering > H713 Production Processes
H Engineering > H130 Computer-Aided Engineering
Divisions:College of Science > Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology
ID Code:39197
Deposited On:23 Dec 2019 11:35

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