An Oil Company Requires 12,000, 20,000 And 15,000 Barrels Of High-grade, Medium Grade And Low Grade Oil, Respectively. Refinery A produces 100, 300 And 200 Barrels Per Day Of High-grade, Medium-grade And Low-grade Oil, Respectively, While Refinery B produces 200, 400 And 100 Barrels Per Day Of High-grade, Medium-grade And Low-grade Oil, Respectively. If Refinery A costs Rs 400 Per Day And Refinery B  costs Rs 300 Per Day To Operate, How Many Days Should Each Be Run To Minimize Costs While Satisfying Requirements.

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An oil company requires 12,000, 20,000 and 15,000 barrels of high-grade, medium grade and low grade oil, respectively. Refinery A produces 100, 300 and 200 barrels per day of high-grade, medium-grade and low-grade oil, respectively, while refinery B produces 200, 400 and 100 barrels per day of high-grade, medium-grade and low-grade oil, respectively. If refinery A costs Rs 400 per day and refinery B  costs Rs 300 per day to operate, how many days should each be run to minimize costs while satisfying requirements.


Correct option is

Machine A should run for 60 days & machine Bshould run for 30


The given data may be put in the following tabular form:   


High-grade   Medium-grade   Low-grade 

Cost per day



100                    300                     200

200                    400                     100

Rs 400

Rs 300

Minimum requirement

12,000            20,000                15,000


Suppose refineries A and B should run for x and y days respectively to minimize the total cost.   

The mathematical form of the above LPP is   

           Minimize   Z = 400x + 300y

Subject to   

          100x + 200y ≥ 12000

           300x + 400y ≥ 20,000

           200x + 100y ≥ 15000   

and,    xy ≥ 0   

The feasible region of the above LPP is represented by the shaded region in fig.



The corner points of the feasible region are A2 (120, 0), P (60, 30) and B3(0, 150). The value of the objective function at these points are given in the following table:   

Point (xy)

Value of the objective function

               Z = 400x + 300y

A2 (120, 0)

P (60, 30)

B3 (0, 150)

Z = 400 × 120 + 300 × 0 = 48000

Z = 400 × 60 + 300 × 30 = 33000

Z = 400 × 0 + 300 × 150 = 45000

Clearly, Z is minimum when x = 60, y = 30. The feasible region is unbounded. So, we find the half-plane represented by 400x + 300y < 33000. Clearly, the half-plane does not have points common with the feasible region. So, Z is minimum at x = 60, y = 30.

Hence, the machine A should run for 60 days and the machine B should run for 30 days to minimize the cost while satisfying the constraints.





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Vitamin B

Vitamin C

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Food Y:




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