Depending upon the assumed ordering policy, the classical Beer Distribution Model shows a great variety of complex dynamic behaviors, including limit cycle oscillations of different periodicities and deterministic chaos. This article presents an overview of these phenomena. The ordering policy is expressed in terms of two parameters that measure the fraction of the supply line and the fraction of the anticipated shipments accounted for in the placement of orders. Our results indicate that, in certain regions of parameter space, any neighborhood to a given solution will contain qualitatively different solutions. The complexity of the system is revealed in two‐ and three‐dimensional reconstructions of chaotic attractors as well as in Poincaré sections obtained from such reconstructions.
System Dynamics Review – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 1988
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