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Institute for sustainable mechanical designs Paul Dawson and Matt Miller, Sibley School of Mechanical Engineering
 

Summary: Institute for sustainable mechanical designs
Paul Dawson and Matt Miller, Sibley School of Mechanical Engineering
Design and production practices for the manufacture of mechanical systems are
constantly evolving. New versions of successful products appear on the market each year
with greater utility, improved performance and reduced price. Economic and social
drivers linked to renewable resources and sustainability are beginning to appear on the
product development horizon. New design challenges will accompany a move towards
more sustainable systems. In an emerging area such as this one, it is difficult to identify
the associated research issues and which ones of these can be addressed as university
research topics. The overall goal of this institute is the exploration of possible research
issues that will accompany a move towards more sustainable mechanical systems.
Through a series of topical studies, which will incorporate fact-gathering workshops and
will produce a white paper, we will outline research opportunities for enabling
technologies. Further, we will proactively disseminate the findings to appropriate policy
and funding agencies.
General topic areas include;
Material selection considering sustainability. (Most existing products employ
nearly 100% non-renewable materials.)
Product life cycle: cradle to grave design (cradle to cradle)
Energy usage: production, service and disposal

  

Source: Angenent, Lars T. - Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

 

Collections: Renewable Energy; Engineering