Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering


Engineering, Industrial.


Wang, M.,




A framework for product life cycle assessment is proposed. The framework attempts to carry out product life cycle assessment using an enterprise approach instead of relying on site specific databases for doing the analysis. The enterprise network consists of different industries at various life cycle stages of the product. Network parameters identified in the thesis are collected for each of the industries in the enterprise network. Demand of the product is forecasted using time series analysis and historical data for earlier demand. The product life cycle inventory analysis is carried out by writing material balance equations. Impact assessment is then carried out by taking global warming potential, gross energy requirement, acidification potential and solid and liquid waste disposal as the impact indicators. All calculations are done for the forecasted demand. A new index, Environment Friendliness Unit (EFU) is defined. This index is used to give a environmental friendliness rating of the product and the industries involved in the enterprise network. Thus it also acts a measure for commitment of the industries to environmental friendly programs. The proposed framework is used to develop a Computer Software.Dept. of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1996 .M34. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0336. Adviser: M. Wang. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1996.