Kinetic and fluid model hierarchies for supply chains

Hans Armbruster, D. Marthaler, Christian Ringhofer

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We present a model hierarchy for queuing networks and supply chains, analogous to the hierarchy leading from the many body problem to the equations of gas dynamics. Various possible mean field models for the interaction of individual parts in the chain are presented. For the case of linearly ordered queues the mean field models and fluid approximations are verified numerically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-61
Number of pages19
JournalMultiscale Modeling and Simulation
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2004


  • Gas dynamics
  • Kinetic equations
  • Supply chains

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Ecological Modeling
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Computer Science Applications


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