The purpose of this paper is to present an integrated technical and economic model to evaluate the reusability of products or components.
Life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology is applied to obtain the product’s environmental performance. Monte Carlo simulation is utilized for enabling sustainable product design.
The results show that the model is capable of assessing the potential reusability of used products, while the usage of simulation significantly increases the effectiveness of the model in addressing uncertainties.
The case study has been conducted in a single manufacturing organization. The implications derived from the study are found to be practical and useful to the organization.
The paper reports a case study carried out for an Indian rotary switches manufacturing organization. Hence, the model is practically feasible.
The article presents a study that investigates LCA and simulation as enablers of sustainable product design. Hence, the contributions of this article are original and valuable.
Vinodh, S. and Rathod, G. (2014), "Application of life cycle assessment and Monte Carlo simulation for enabling sustainable product design", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 307-315. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-06-2010-0045Download as .RIS
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