The Integrated Life Cycle Assessment and Optimization Approach for Automotive De-manufacturing Systems

Naif Alsaadi, Matthew Franchetti

Abstract


The Automotive Recycling Industry is addressing one of the biggest problems that the environment can face, the reuse and recycling of End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV). Improper disposal of wastes can create a big problem to the environment. The purpose of this paper is to use the Integrated Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA)  and Optimization Approach for Automotive De-manufacturing Systems with the aim of to finding out the most efficient and effective method that can be used to improve global ELV recycling. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) defines life cycle assessment is a tool that is used for systematic evaluation of the environmental aspects of either a product or service system in the entire stages of its lifecycle. In this research, second hand material research would be used to determine the current methods used for the disposal of the ELVs. Moreover, cost metrics will be used to determine the economic value of the network. This research will look into study background, the problem statement, hypothesis of the study, objectives of the study, literature review and methodology to outline possible research criteria to draw conclusion on the research topic. The research will be very resourceful to the scientific community because it will help to find the optimal location for the centralized processing facility that will minimize cost and avoid hazard in the environment. 


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/emsd.v5i1.8724

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