Author ORCID Identifier

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8584-168X

Year of Publication

2017

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)

Document Type

Master's Thesis

College

Engineering

Department

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Fazleena Badurdeen

Abstract

Majority of the products get discarded at end-of-life (EoL), causing environmental pollution, and resulting in a complete loss of all materials and embodied energy. Adopting a closed-loop material flow approach can aid preventing such losses and enable EoL value recovery from these products. Design and engineering decisions made and how products are used impact the capability to implement EOL strategies such as disassembly and remanufacturing. Some underlying factors affecting the capability to implement these EOL strategies have been discussed in previous studies. However, relevant metrics and attributes are not well defined and comprehensive methods to quantitatively evaluate them are lacking. This study will first identify key lifecycle oriented metrics affecting disassemblability and remanufacturability. Then a methodology is proposed for the quantitative evaluation of these strategies considering the quality of returns, product-design characteristics and process technology requirements. Finally, an industrial case-study is presented to demonstrate the application of the proposed method.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.13023/ETD.2017.502

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