The Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP) is one of the most discussed and researched topics nowadays. The VRP is briefly defined as the problem of identifying the best route to reduce distribution costs and improve the quality of service provided to customers. The Capacitated VRP (CVRP) is one of the most commonly researched among the VRP types. Therefore, the CVRP was studied in this paper and a new population based simulated annealing algorithm was proposed. In the algorithm, three different route development operators were used, which are exchange, insertion and reversion operators. It was tested on 63 well-known benchmark instances in the literature. The results showed that the optimum routes could be determined for the 23 instances.
Capacitated vehicle routing problem, best route, route enhancing, simulated annealing
"A population based simulated annealing algorithm for capacitated vehicle routing problem,"
Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences: Vol. 28:
3, Article 2.
Available at: https://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/elektrik/vol28/iss3/2