Example Modeling Problem

The following is an example application of the model development steps to a problem. You have been hired by a company that produces corn flakes (a breakfast cereal). They must replace a storage bin used to store corn stocks. In the past they have experienced problems with the capacity of the bin. Your job is to find the optimum size of the storage bin.

You decide to use the model development steps to develop an appropriate model for the system.

  1. Identify and quantify objectives:

  2. Develop conceptual model using diagram
  3. Formulate conceptual model (equations)

The remaining model steps are straight forward for this simple example.