Accession Number : AD0902251

Title :   The Candidate Families Methodology: Simulation, Cost, and Optimization Models with User's Manual. Volume I. Part I. General Description of Candidate Families Methodology. Part II. Simulation Model.

Descriptive Note : Final draft,

Corporate Author : RESEARCH ANALYSIS CORP MCLEAN VA

Personal Author(s) : Allen, Charles A. ; Emberger, John j. ; Frey, Bryce A. ; Magee, Ronald M. ; New, Ronald

Report Date : MAY 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 377

Abstract : The objective of the methodology is to determine a least cost mix of vehicles. There are three separate programs involved in this methodology, one of which (the cost model) is actually used as a subroutine of another (the optimization model). Certain items are required as input to the simulation model, and certain operations must be manually performed in order to obtain the required inputs for the optimization model; these will now be summarized. The user must supply the cost formulas for each vehicle type. The user must also state the capabilities of each vehicle with respect to each mission type specified, and of course must specify the number and kinds of missions. Finally, the response level(s) must be specified. The optimization model works on sets of alternatives for each task, each of which is presumed to satisfy the responsiveness criterion. These sets are obtained from the simulation model, but not without supervision and intervention. Repeated trial is continued until the effective mixes with minimum numbers of each represented vehicle type are found.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *COST EFFECTIVENESS, *ARMY OPERATIONS, *LOGISTICS, *ARMY AIRCRAFT, PLANNING, VEHICLES, OPTIMIZATION, COSTS, DEPLOYMENT, MAINTENANCE, MISSION PROFILES, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), SUBROUTINES, OPERATION, ITERATIONS, INSTRUCTION MANUALS, SIMULATION, COMBINATORIAL ANALYSIS, FLOW CHARTING.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE