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Title:Event-driven receding horizon control for energy-efficient container handling
Authors:J. Xin, R.R. Negenborn, G. Lodewijks

Journal:Control Engineering Practice

Abstract:The performance of container terminals needs to be improved to adapt the growth of containers while maintaining sustainability. This article provides a methodology for determining the trajectory of interacting machines that transport containers between the quayside area and the stacking area in an automated container terminal. The behaviors of the interacting machines are modeled as a combination of discrete-event dynamics and continuous-time dynamics. An event-driven receding horizon controller (RHC) is proposed for achieving energy efficient container handling. The underlying control problems are hereby formulated as a collection of small optimization problems that are solved in a receding horizon way. Simulation studies illustrates that energy consumption of container handling can indeed be reduced by the proposed methodology. Moreover, an assessment is made of performance of the proposed RHC controller under different types of uncertainties.

Reference:Event-driven receding horizon control for energy-efficient container handling. J. Xin, R.R. Negenborn, G. Lodewijks. Control Engineering Practice, vol. 39, pp. 45-55, June 2015.
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