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Volume 2018, Article ID 6932985, 38 pages
Research Article

A Proactive Robust Scheduling Method for Aircraft Carrier Flight Deck Operations with Stochastic Durations

1Naval Aviation University, Yantai 264001, China
2College of Aerospace Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Yu Wu; nc.ude.uqc@uyuwuqc

Received 4 April 2018; Revised 5 August 2018; Accepted 14 August 2018; Published 1 November 2018

Academic Editor: Hassan Zargarzadeh

Copyright © 2018 Xichao Su et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The operations on the aircraft carrier flight deck are carried out in a time-critical and resource-constrained environment with uncertainty, and it is of great significance to optimize the makespan and obtain a robust schedule and resource allocation plan for a greater sortie generation capacity and better operational management of an aircraft carrier. In this paper, a proactive robust optimization method for flight deck scheduling with stochastic operation durations is proposed. Firstly, an operation on node-flow (OONF) network is adopted to model the precedence relationships of multi-aircraft operations, and resource constraints categorized into personnel, support equipment, workstation space, and supply resource are taken into consideration. On this basis, a mathematical model of the robust scheduling problem for flight deck operation (RSPFDO) is established, and the goal is to maximize the probability of completing within the limitative makespan (PCLM) and minimize the weighted sum of expected makespan and variance of makespan (IRM). Then, in terms of proactive planning, both serial and parallel schedule generation schemes for baseline schedule and robust personnel allocation scheme and equipment allocation adjustment scheme for resource allocation are designed. In terms of executing schedules, an RSPFDO-oriented preconstraint scheduling policy (CPC) is proposed. To optimize the baseline schedule and resource allocation, a hybrid teaching-learning-based optimization (HTLBO) algorithm is designed which integrates differential evolution operators, peak crossover operator, and learning-automata-based adaptive variable neighborhood search strategy. Simulation results shows that the HTLBO algorithm outperforms both some other state-of-the-art algorithms for deterministic cases and some existing algorithms for stochastic project scheduling, and the robustness of the flight deck operations can be improved with the proposed resource allocation schemes and CPC policy.