RESEARCH

 

Our research group is studying in depth some themes related to the wide range of Product Design for Environment concepts and issues. Several methodologies and design tools have been developed in the following research fields:

The methodologies and tools developed in relation to these areas of research can constitute a valid assistance for companies sensitive to the environmental question. From this viewpoint, the following strategic activities of company counseling are possible:

Basic concepts, themes, references and other information on our research activity at DIIM of Catania University are summarized in a brochure (pdf file, to read it you need the free viewer Adobe Reader). Our vision of life cycle approach to product design, with a complete methodological statement and an in-depth overview on methods and tools developed, is proposed in our new book Product Design for the Environment: A Life Cycle Approach (CRC/Taylor & Francis, January 2006).

 

Main research fields
 

 

Evaluation of product and processes environmental impacts

 

 

Environmental characterization of materials and recyclability

 

 

Optimal materials selection

 

 

Analysis of potential environmental strategies and service/recovery planning

 

 

Modularization of product architecture

 

 

Design for disassembly and optimal disassembly planning

 

 

Cost-benefit analysis of recovery

 

 

Simulation of product life cycle

 

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New book on Product Design for Environment

 

Brochure on research activity

 

 


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