Limestone Slurry Pipeline Optimization Problem

Design a pipeline for transporting crushed limestone from a quarry to a terminal located some distance away, using water as a transporting medium.

The limestone is crushed at the quarry, mixed with water to form a slurry, and pumped through the pipe. We would like to minimize the operating cost, which is primarily determined by the grinding power and the pumping power.

This problem is taken from James Siddall, Optimal Engineering Design, Dekker.

This assignment can be completed in groups of two. Additional guidelines on individual, collaborative, and group assignments are provided under the Expectations link.

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