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Cotton Logistics as a Model for Analysis of Biomass Transportation Issues
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Paper number 036082, 2003 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.13910) @2003
Authors: Poorna P. Ravula, John S. Cundiff, Robert D. Grisso
Keywords: Discrete Event, Simulation, Logistics, Cotton, Biomass, Modeling, Transportation, Optimization
More than 90% of the cost to transport biomass is fixed cost of the truck. To reduce this fixed cost,
the central processing plant will have to increase the utilization of these trucks. That is, more biomass has to be
transported by these trucks every day. A First-In-First-Out (FIFO) logistic system of a cotton gin in southeast
Virginia was analyzed to determine their average truck utilization and the effects of decreasing the number of