A company that pressure-treats wood wants to minimize its annual cost without using more than 250 days of operation per year. In addition, they want to find the corresponding value of time, batches and cost for each category. We develop an expression in terms of boards per batch to model the total cost of the treatment process. We then take the derivative and use Newton's Method to find the number of boards per batch that minimizes total cost.
"Optimization of a Pressure-Treating Process,"
Undergraduate Journal of Mathematical Modeling: One + Two:
1, Article 3.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5038/2326-3622.214.171.124 Available at: http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/ujmm/vol4/iss1/3
Arcadii Grinshpan, Mathematics and Statistics
Scott Campbell, Chemical & Biomedical Engineering