Brownian analysis of a buffered-flow system in the face of sudden obsolescence

Israel David, Eitan Greenshtein

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Scopus citations


We consider a stochastic flow system with an intermediate storage buffer. When the buffer is depleted of stock, orders from outside are placed. It is assumed that there is a risk of failure (which is referred to as obsolescence) that wipes out existing inventory, and that the time to obsolescence is exponentially distributed. The problem is to determine order quantities so as to minimize expected inventory costs when faced with obsolescence. The underlying input-output (production-demand) process is not controllable and the resulting inventory level is modeled by a Brownian motion. We develop an exact expression for the expected total cost until obsolescence, dependent on the order-quantity decision-variable. Numerical results which center around one specific application are examined to gain insight into the problem. The work is a generalization of recent research on the EOQ in the face of obsolescence in that it studies the influence of randomness in the inventory level process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-49
Number of pages7
JournalOperations Research Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1996


  • Brownian motion
  • Buffered flow
  • Diffusion approximation
  • Inventory control
  • Obsolescence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


Dive into the research topics of 'Brownian analysis of a buffered-flow system in the face of sudden obsolescence'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this