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Comparison of Treatment Methods for Pallets Using LCA and Dynamic Programming
IIE Annual Conference (2010)
  • Sebastian K. Anil
  • Charles D. Ray
  • Gül E. Kremer, Iowa State University
Heat treatment and Methyl Bromide fumigation are the two treatment methods used to kill pests in wood packaging
materials such as pallets before being used for global trade logistics. With rise in global trade, the use of these
treatment methods has increased, and thus increasing costs and emissions of methyl bromide and other greenhouse
gases. The proposed methodology comprises of a comparison of treatment methods and a comparison of wooden
and plastic type pallet using Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). The implementation combines LCA with dynamic
programming to optimize “pallet type” decisions at various stages of the product life cycle.
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA),
  • Phytosanitary treatment,
  • Dynamic Programming,
  • Shortest path problem,
  • Pallets
Publication Date
This is a proceeding published as Anil, Sebastian K., Charles D. Ray, and Gül E. Okudan Kremer. "Comparison of treatment methods for pallets using LCA and dynamic programming." In IIE Annual Conference. Proceedings, p. 1. Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), 2010. Posted with permission.
Citation Information
Sebastian K. Anil, Charles D. Ray and Gül E. Kremer. "Comparison of Treatment Methods for Pallets Using LCA and Dynamic Programming" IIE Annual Conference (2010)
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