Design for lifecycle and sustainability

Made to order products are generally characterised by significant contributions to the cost of ownership arising from all phases of the product lifecycle (design and engineering, manufacturing, operation, upgrading and disposal). In addition to purely economic issues, in many sectors the lifecycle environmental impact of the product is becoming an increasingly important factor.

Effective trade-off between technical, economic and environmental drivers and their effect in different stages of the product lifecycle is extremely difficult to achieve due to the complexity of the product, its long lifecycle and the changing operating environment.

Research at the EDC is focusing on the development of tools which empower the designer to evaluate such trade-offs early in the design process, where the most important decisions are made. Key elements of this research address through-life costing, environmental impact and upgradeability; the main thrust, however, is to develop a holistic approach in which all of these factors can be managed as an integral part of the overall design process.

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Integrated Modelling for Strategic Planning

Strategic planning for sustainability requires complex systems to be modelled.

Because of this complexity, it is unrealistic to develop new and comprehensive models for each of the numerous possible situations likely to be encountered. Many models already exist ...

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The EDC often hosts, arranges or is associated with a wide variety of seminars related to its activities.

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