An Application of the Differential Evolution Algorithm for Solving the Problem of Size Selection and Location of Infectious Waste Incinerators for Community Hospitals in the Upper Part of Northeast Thailand


  • Thitiworada Srisuwandee นักศึกษา หลักสูตรปรัชญาดุษฎีบัณฑิต สาขาวิชาวิศวกรรมอุตสาหการ คณะวิศวกรรมศาสตร์ มหาวิทยาลัยอุบลราชธานี
  • Sombat Sindhuchao ผู้ช่วยศาสตราจารย์ ภาควิชาวิศวกรรมอุตสาหการ คณะวิศวกรรมศาสตร์ มหาวิทยาลัยอุบลราชธานี
  • Thitinon Srisuwandee อาจารย์ ภาควิชาวิศวกรรมอุตสาหการ คณะวิศวกรรมศาสตร์ มหาวิทยาลัยอุบลราชธานี


Location problem, Differential evolution


This research was to solve the problem of choosing the size and location of infectious waste incinerators and construct vehicle routes for the waste collection at 109 community hospitals in the upper part of northeast Thailand (Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Bueng Kan, Mahasarakham, Loei, Sakon Nakhon, Nong Khai, Nong Bua Lam Phu, and Udon Thani provinces). The method of evolution using difference (Differential Evolution: DE) was employed to address the problem. The objective was to minimize the total system costs comprising the transportation infectious waste cost and the fixed costs of operation combined with the cost of operating the incinerator.DE developed by the researcher produces a vector that differs from the conventional method in that it generates vector 3 sets to find answers. The result was 569,562.66 baht, duration 154.44 seconds, with a better answer from using the Lingo program, representing 13.36%. The Lingo program to find answers takes 1 hour 30 minutes 51 seconds, the answer is 657,402.66 baht.


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