Authors: Jacob Hanson, Robert Hitchcock
Addresses: Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Utah, 173 W Fort Creek Dr, Alpine, UT 84004, USA. ' Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Utah, 50 Central Campus Dr Rm 2480, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA
Abstract: Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA) is used to understand the holistic flow of energy and materials throughout a product|s life. As part of a comprehensive approach to design next-generation dialysers, we performed a LCA of an Optiflux F180NR dialyser. Combining LCA insights with a functional analysis of each product component, we analysed which components could be improved most effectively. Determining that the polycarbonate housing was the optimal area of focus, we used SolidWorks and COSMOSWorks to test, in-silico, the strength of various reduced-weight housing designs. The final design weighed 17% less than the original without a significant loss in strength.
Keywords: LCA; life cycle analysis; sustainable design; peak oil; dialyser design; dialysis; single-use; disposable; medical devices; product design; functional analysis; polycarbonate housing design.
International Journal of Sustainable Design, 2009 Vol.1 No.2, pp.163 - 179
Published online: 10 Oct 2009 *Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article