Proposing a lower bound for a nonlinear scheduling problem in supply chain

Document Type : Research Paper


Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Materials and Industrial Engineering, Semnan University, Semnan 35195-363, Iran


This paper proposes a nonlinear programming model for a scheduling problem in the supply chain. Due to the nonlinear structure of the developed model and its NP-hard structure, a lower bound is developed. Four lemmas and a theorem are presented and proved to determine the lower bound. The proposed problem is inspired from a three stage supply chain commonly used in various industries.


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Volume 12, Issue 1
May 2021
Pages 1073-1085
  • Receive Date: 22 September 2016
  • Revise Date: 05 March 2017
  • Accept Date: 18 July 2017