Multiperiod blending has a number of important applications in a range of industrial sectors. It is typically formulated as a nonconvex mixed integer nonlinear program (MINLP), which involves binary variables and bilinear terms. In this study, we first propose a reformulation of the constraints involving bilinear terms using lifting. We introduce a method for calculating tight bounds on the lifted variables calculated by aggregating multiple constraints. We propose valid constraints derived from the reformulation-linearization technique (RLT) that use the bounds on the lifted variables to further tighten the formulation. Computational results indicate our method can substantially reduce the solution time and optimality gap. Summary of Contribution: In this paper, we study the multiperiod blending problem, which has a number of important applications in a range of industrial sectors, such as refining, chemical production, mining, and wastewater management. Solving this problem efficiently leads to significant economic and environmental benefits. However, solving even medium-scale instances to global optimality remains challenging. To address this challenge, we propose a variable bound tightening algorithm and tightening constraints for multiperiod blending. Computational results show that our methods can substantially reduce the solution time and optimality gap.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Information Systems
- Computer Science Applications
- Management Science and Operations Research
- bilinear terms
- reformulation-linearization technique
- variable lifting