Evaluation of environmentally conscious product designs

Meng Chu Zhou, Reggie J. Caudill, Xin He

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Design-For-Retirement is a concept that allows one to design a product such that its retirement time and post-life treatment are optimized, i.e., its environmental impact is minimized and financial gain is maximized. Retired products face four primary multi-lifecycle engineering treatments: 1) to recondition for reuse in the next lifecycle; 2) to convert into a material form for recycling back into new parts, 3) to disassemble into several components for further assessment, and 4) to landfill. Each option has a different environmental cost-benefit ratio. This paper proposes several matrices to represent the connection information, interference directions among nodes, and disassembly complexity. It presents a method to evaluate a design in terms of cost and apply it to two personal computer designs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4057-4062
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
StatePublished - 1998
EventProceedings of the 1998 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. Part 3 (of 5) - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Oct 11 1998Oct 14 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Hardware and Architecture


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