A Reliable multi-objective location-allocation model for blood supply systems under disruptions

Document Type : Original Paper


1 Department of Industrial Engineering, Mazandaran University of Science and Technology

2 Department of Mathematics, Mazandaran University of Science and Technology

3 School of Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran


In time of natural and man-made disasters, the supply of some commodities which are directly related to human life are very critical. In the real-world, supply systems are exposed to various disruptions in their facilities and these disruptions can essentially affect systems performance and can lead to shortage in the supply and importance of this subject is much more expressed in the blood supply case. In this paper, a multi–objective mathematical model is proposed for the collection of temporary blood facilities and allocation of blood donators to these places. The goals of the model are to minimize the maximum blood shortage in the blood bank and also to minimize the total cost in the worst case scenario in disruptions. In order to demonstrate the applicability of the proposed model, the epsilon constraint method is solved and analyzed on numerical examples.


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  • Receive Date: 01 November 2014
  • Revise Date: 31 May 2015
  • Accept Date: 13 October 2015
  • First Publish Date: 23 October 2015