Date of Award

1997

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.Sc.

Department

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

First Advisor

Taboun, S. M.,

Keywords

Engineering, Industrial.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

One of the objectives of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is to evaluate environmental burdens associated with a product, process or activity by quantifying energy and materials used and wastes released to the environment. The assessment includes the entire life cycle of the product encompassing raw material processing, manufacturing, transportation, use, recycling and disposal. This paper analyzes the multilayer plastic fuel tank from the LCA perspective, determines the main environmental burdens and expands the analysis on the improvement areas of the product for the purpose of lowering the environmental burdens. Many companies in the private sector are beginning to see the advantages of life cycle thinking in product management. As evidence of its importance, industry itself is tacking significant steps to guide the use of life cycle thinking through its involvement in the development of international standards. Life cycle assessment allows these companies to make effective trade-offs between suppliers of key product inputs or between a number of ways of designing and manufacturing the products themselves. Life cycle assessment helps companies to keep a step ahead of rapidly changing regulatory requirements on solid waste, persistent toxic chemicals, emissions, and effluent discharges. In addition, life cycle strategies for pollution prevention and minimizing energy costs are beginning to reveal economic benefits in terms of more efficient production, improved product quality and minimization of down the road environmental risks.Dept. of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1997 .A38. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0333. Adviser: S. M. Taboun. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1997.

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