Accession Number : AD0757166

Title :   Matrix Formulation and Solution of Conveyor Flow Problems.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : FLORIDA UNIV GAINESVILLE DEPT OF INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Muth,Eginhard J.

Report Date : JAN 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : A closed-loop conveyor system having a single loading station, a single unloading station, and discrete, time-varying input and output flows, is analyzed. The sequence of material flow on the return leg of the conveyor is represented by a difference equation. That equation is reduced to a matrix formulation. Incompatibility is related to the eigenvectors and eigenvalues of the matrix involved, and a general solution procedure is given. The ratio r/p, which is the remainder of the ratio conveyor period to work-cycle period, is shown to be an important criterion for compatibility and optimization. An example is worked out and several solutions are presented graphically. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*CONVEYORS, *INVENTORY CONTROL), HANDLING, TIME STUDIES, CONTAINERS, MATRICES(MATHEMATICS)

Subject Categories : Construction Equipment, Materials & Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE