Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering   »   2013 Vol.15, No.1

 

 

Title: Product design for energy reduction in concurrent engineering: an inverted pyramid approach

 

Authors: N.E. Alkadi; Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan; Subodh A. Chaudhari

 

Addresses:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Energy and Transportation Sci. Division, One Bethel Valley Road Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6070, USA
Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Dept., P.O. Box 6070, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA
Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Dept., P.O. Box 6070, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA

 

Abstract: The consideration of energy aspects as X in the design for X (DFX) paradigm in concurrent engineering (CE) is important for enabling reductions in operating costs, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhancing sustainability. This research presents a CE methodology for the consideration of energy use in product development and manufacturing, specifically addressing the machining process. The research reported in this paper showcases the effectiveness of using a systematic integrated approach towards consideration of energy in product development, addressed through product, process, and system level parameters. It adds an important tool to the DFX toolbox for evaluation of the impact of design decisions on the product manufacturing energy requirement early during the design phases. The use of the inverted pyramid approach (IPA) has been described as an effective methodology for incorporation in expansion of the DFX toolbox.

 

Keywords: product design; design for energy; sustainability; energy efficiency; green manufacturing; green design; concurrent engineering; design for X; DFX; simultaneous engineering; sustainable development; inverted pyramid; product development; energy consumption; machining process.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJISE.2013.055513

 

Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2013 Vol.15, No.1, pp.90 - 117

 

Available online: 24 Jun 2013

 

 

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