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Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations
Volume 2016, Article ID 2150692, 9 pages
Research Article

Nuclear Power Plant Construction Scheduling Problem with Time Restrictions: A Particle Swarm Optimization Approach

1Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Yuanpei University of Medical Technology, Hsinchu 23568, Taiwan
2Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Hwa Hsia University of Technology, No. 111, Gong Jhuan Road, Chung Ho, Taipei 23568, Taiwan
3Department of Applied Mathematics, Chinese Culture University, No. 55, Hwa-Kang Road, Yang-Ming-Shan, Taipei 11114, Taiwan

Received 16 November 2015; Revised 25 January 2016; Accepted 2 February 2016

Academic Editor: Arkady Serikov

Copyright © 2016 Shang-Kuan Chen 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.


In nuclear power plant construction scheduling, a project is generally defined by its dependent preparation time, the time required for construction, and its reactor installation time. The issues of multiple construction teams and multiple reactor installation teams are considered. In this paper, a hierarchical particle swarm optimization algorithm is proposed to solve the nuclear power plant construction scheduling problem and minimize the occurrence of projects failing to achieve deliverables within applicable due times and deadlines.