Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

First Advisor

Wang, Michael H.,


Engineering, Industrial.




The analysis of the disassembly of products for recycling and reuse is important because of the increasing demands for environmentally conscious design and manufacturing that are coming from consumers and governments. An economic analysis is essential since economics is the driving factor that causes this disassembly in many situations. Economic analysis of disassembly is also important due to the costs of potential legislation to regulate recycling. This research proposes a method for the modeling and analysis of disassembly for reuse and recycling. This methodology is economically based and can be used to generate the profit-optimizing disassembly plan to predict the circumstances of disassembly in a free market and to determine which parts or components of a product are economically feasible to recover. The methodology is the first of its kind to be able to consider products of the greatest degree of complexity. An application of the methodology to study the recycling of automobiles is presented. This case study considers not only specific vehicles, but also the potential for changes in the economic market or in the design of vehicles.Dept. of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1996 .S7. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0338. Adviser: Michael H. Wang. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1996.