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Aug

# Operations Research 03I: Linear Programming Blending Problem

In this video, I’ll talk about how to formulate
a special type of LP problem called the blending problem. In a blending problem, various inputs are
blended in some desired proportion to produce the final goods. This type of problems are commonly seen in
real-world applications. For example, blending various types of crude
oils to produce different types of gasoline and other outputs. Blending various types of metal alloys to
produce various types of steels. Mixing different types of food ingredients
to provide required proportions of nutrients. Let’s see an example. An agricultural mill produces animal feed
mix by combining limestone, corn, and soybeans. Interesting facts: milled limestone in animal
feed will provide calcium for bone development and help the formation of egg shells. Here are the nutrition facts: 1kg of limestone
contains 0.38kg of Calcium, 0kg or Protein, and 0kg of Fiber. For 1kg of Corn, these values are 0.001, 0.09,
and 0.02. For 1kg of Soybeans, these values are 0.002,
0.5, and 0.08. Each kg of the final product must contain
at least 0.008kg but no more than 0.012kg of Calcium, at least 0.22kg of Protein, and
at most 0.05kg of Fiber. The prices of each kg of limestone, corn,
and soybeans are \$0.1, \$0.2, and \$0.4, respectively. We want to find the feed mix that meet all
these requirements with minimum cost. To simplify this problem, we assume that we
only make 1kg of feed mix. We define three decision variables: L is the
kg of limestone needed, C is the kg of corn needed, and S is the kg of soybeans needed
in the feed mix. We want to minimize the total cost, which
is equal to the unit cost of limestone times its quantity, plus the unit cost of corn times
its quantity, plus the unit cost of soybeans times its quantity. The feed mix is made of only limestone, corn,
and soybeans. So, these components should add up to 1kg. The feed mix must contain a certain amount
of the nutrients. The amount of Calcium is bounded by 0.008
and 0.012. The amount of Protein should be at least 0.22
but should not exceed 1. The amount of Fiber should be at most 0.05,
but it will never be less than 0. The amount of each component should be nonnegative
and each should not exceed 1, which is the total. This is the complete problem formulation. Okay, that’s how to formulate the blending
problem. Thanks for watching.

• Amrit Sidhu says:

you didn't demonstrate how to solve it…..

• Coffee plus Concealer says:

I have a question on a blending LP problem. Would I be able to ask you about it and you could let me know if I’m on the right track

• codeNINE says:

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• I-know-ALICE says:

This is not blending though. This is just a regular LP model.

• Yong Wang says:

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