Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

First Advisor

Dutta, S. P.


Engineering, Industrial.




A Framework for decision making in the foundry industry on the lines of Life Cycle Assessment has been proposed. It attempts to provide a common normalised ground on which alternative technologies and options may be compared on the basis of economic costs and environmental effects. The framework estimates the total life cycle costs of sand in the foundry. Total life cycle costs is made up of two sub costs--economic cost and environmental cost. Individual cost components that make up these sub costs are calculated and added up. This cost structure is then used to compare processes in a Criterion Function Decision Matrix. Weights of the Criterion Variables are decided using the Analytical Hierarchy Process. The alternative with the minimum Criterion Function is judged the best. A Software using DELPHI was developed on basis of this framework.Dept. of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1996 .S23. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0338. Advisers: S. P. Dutta; M. Wang. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1996.