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Main Title: Multi-criteria decision making as a tool for sustainable product development
Subtitle: Benefits and obstacles
Author(s): Buchert, Tom
Neugebauer, Sabrina
Schenker, Sebastian
Lindow, Kai
Stark, Rainer
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: For developing sustainable products design engineers need to foresee diverse interrelations between a product's characteristics and its economic, social and environmental impacts. In order to support this complex task a wide range of design methods has been developed. Retrospective analytical methods like Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA) require a large amount of information and are thus utilized when important design decisions are already made. Prospective methods are rather generic (e.g. checklists) and too broad to be helpful in concrete design decisions. In this paper, the integration of discrete decision trees with LCSA is proposed for shifting multi-criterial quantitative analysis to earlier development. On the basis of sustainability indicators Pareto-optimal decision-paths for given material- and process alternatives along the product lifecycle can be compared up-front. Resulting benefits and obstacles are illustrated by evaluating value creation options of a bicycle frame.
Issue Date: 2015
Date Available: 14-May-2018
DDC Class: 620 Ingenieurwissenschaften und zugeordnete Tätigkeiten
330 Wirtschaft
Subject(s): decision support
Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment
multi-criteria decision making
Sustainable Product Development
Journal Title: Procedia CIRP
Publisher: Elsevier
Publisher Place: Amsterdam
Volume: 26
Publisher DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2014.07.110
Page Start: 70
Page End: 75
ISSN: 2212-8271
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