Multi-facility capacity expansion in Rand projects

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This paper considers capacity expansion decisions for accommodating different types of RandD activities which require time-varying areas during a given time horizon. The forecasted area needed by each activity can be met by new construction and/or by conversion of existing constructions. The problem involves sizing and scheduling of capacity expansions and conversions at discrete points in time at minimum cost. A hierarchical bottom-up procedure is used to solve the problem, the best results being further evaluated through a systematic multicriteria approach. It is recommended that the relevant information supplied by the active conversions set in the least costs solutions be translated into improved building flexibility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1687-1699
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1991


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