n-Step Cycle Inequalities: Facets for Continuous n-Mixing Set and Strong Cuts for Multi-Module Capacitated Lot-Sizing Problem

  • Manish Bansal
  • Kiavash Kianfar
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8494)


In this paper, we introduce a generalization of the well-known continuous mixing set (which we refer to as the continuous n-mixing set) \(Q^{m,n}:=\{ (y, v,s) \in ( {\mathbb{Z}} \times{\mathbb{Z}}_{+}^{n-1})^{m} \times{\mathbb R}^{m+1}_{+}: \sum_{t=1}^n{\alpha_t y_t^i} + v_i + s\geq{\beta}_i, i=1,\ldots,m\}\). This set is closely related to the feasible set of the multi-module capacitated lot-sizing (MML) problem with(out) backlogging. For each n′ ∈ {1,…,n }, we develop a class of valid inequalities for this set, referred to as the n′-step cycle inequalities, and show that they are facet-defining for conv(Q m,n ) in many cases. We also present a compact extended formulation for Q m,n and an exact separation algorithm for the n′-step cycle inequalities. We then use these inequalities to generate valid inequalities for the MML problem with(out) backlogging. Our computational results show that our cuts are very effective in solving the MML instances with backlogging, resulting in substantial reduction in the integrality gap, number of nodes, and total solution time.


n-step cycle inequalities n-step MIR continuous n-mixing multi-module capacitated lot-sizing with backlogging 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manish Bansal
    • 1
  • Kiavash Kianfar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Industrial and Systems EngineeringTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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