Discrete Event-Based Railway Simulation Model for Eco-Efficiency Evaluation

G. A. Amorim, L. A. S. Lopes, O. S. Silva Junior
2020 International Journal of Simulation Modelling  
Based on the discrete event-based simulation method, this paper aims to model the Paranaguá "KM5" Railyard, looking at the inbound and outbound movement of trains and wagons from an ecologic perspective. The originality of this paper comes from the inclusion of the train parameters and ecoefficiency concerning train operation. Moreover, it helps the operator to define a range of optional strategies for wagon classification, which would be more environmentally friendly, also providing a basis
more » ... roviding a basis for further research on this theme. This research method is quantitative, based on visits to the railyard, interviews with rail operators, the original railyard's geometrical design, real operation charge for 2016, as well as theoretical studies. The main findings are that the analysis of the simulated cases can be applied by the rail manager to the railyard's operation manual. The implication for theory and practice is that the findings can also contribute, with different parameters of decision, not only the reduction of time taken but also with consideration of the environmental impact.
doi:10.2507/ijsimm19-3-517 fatcat:wwieard7c5ceploqhqbqxcbbgi