Improving Product Design Based on Energy Considerations

Research Area:
Sustainable Design


Proceedings of the 18th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering (LCE11)

SMART Authors:
Shahin Rahimifard

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The industrial sector consumes a significant amount of the world’s energy supply; the rationalisation of energy consumption would provide the most effective method of reducing greenhouse gas emissions attributed to manufacturing and use of products. Energy consumed across the various stages of a product’s lifecycle varies significantly depending on the product design and its application. In non-energy using products such as furniture, food, and clothing, the material preparation and production phases represent a significant proportion of energy consumption over the product lifecycle. This paper proposes a new design methodology targeted at these products to minimise energy consumption during ‘production’ phase. 


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