Minimization of total trim loss occurring in pipe cutting in shipbuilding with genetic algorithm

Türk A., Saral D., Özkök M., Köse E.

Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part M: Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment, vol.235, pp.695-704, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


© IMechE 2021.Outfitting is a critical stage in the shipbuilding process. Within the outfitting, the construction of pipe systems is a phase that has a significant effect on time and cost. While cutting the pipes required for the pipe systems in shipyards, the cutting process is usually performed randomly. This can result in large amounts of trim losses. In this paper, we present an approach to minimize these losses. With the proposed method it is aimed to base the pipe cutting process on a specific systematic. To solve this problem, Genetic Algorithms (GA), which gives successful results in solving many problems in the literature, have been used. Different types of genetic operators have been used to investigate the search space of the problem well. The results obtained have proven the effectiveness of the proposed approach.