Full Content is available to subscribers

Subscribe/Learn More  >

On Stability Analysis and Parametric Design of Supply Networks Under the Presence of Transportation Delays

[+] Author Affiliations
Rifat Sipahi

Northwestern University

Stefan Lammer, Dirk Helbing

Dresden University of Technology

Silviu-Iulian Niculescu

Université de Technologie de Compiègne

Paper No. IMECE2006-14782, pp. 135-144; 10 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Manufacturing Engineering and Textile Engineering
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, November 5 – 10, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division and Textile Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4774-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3790-4
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


Management of interconnected manufacturing units, supply networks, constitutes a timely, but challenging problem in Physics, Operations Research and Mathematics, as it carries very rich dynamics. At the first stage, a very well understanding of the underlying mechanisms and interactions within the hierarchical construct of such networks is required. For this pursuit, a more realistic approach is proposed in this paper, which takes into account the presence of naturally existing transportation delays of supplies in between individual production units. In general, the presence of delays in the dynamics imports another source of instability, which needs to be addressed. However, it is well-known that a thorough stability analysis against delays carries complications, thus it is non-trivial. We present analytical techniques to tackle such difficulties, surfacing allowable transportation delays within the supply network that guarantees stable stock levels. This, in parallel, enables the selection of production rates assuring the supply network to operate in a stable regime. Moreover, we show that under certain parametric settings, the supply network dynamics may become highly sensitive against the presence of delays, which in turn, initiates an undesirable phenomenon called bullwhip effect. We present case studies demonstrating the bullwhip effect and suggesting parametric selections to avoid this undesired behavior within supply networks.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



Interactive Graphics


Country-Specific Mortality and Growth Failure in Infancy and Yound Children and Association With Material Stature

Use interactive graphics and maps to view and sort country-specific infant and early dhildhood mortality and growth failure data and their association with maternal

Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In