FUEL-CONSUMPTION-MINIMUM-BASED SELECTION OF THE REGIME OF HEATING OF A METAL BY THE MAIN OPTIMIZATION METHODV. B. Kovalevskii, V. I. Timoshpol'skii, and V. T. Svirid UDC 669.012.9 Consideration is given to the solution of the problem of minimization of fuel consumption in heating a rectangular prism in a continuous furnace. Belarusian National Technical University, Minsk, Belarus; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Translated from Inzhenerno-Fizicheskii Zhurnal, Vol. 76, No. 4, pp. 138-141, July-August, 2003. Original article submitted December 11, 2002.