Sustainability assessment of the injection molding process and the effects of material selection

Utpal Roy, Yunpeng Li

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations

Abstract

This paper discusses the use of the proposed Material Information Model (MIM) [1] in assessing the sustainability of the Injection Molding (IM) process, and clarifies how to use the material information (based on the characteristics of different types of polymers) to quantify the material impacts. The assessment criteria include energy/water consumption and waste (pollution) production during the process and the effects of other materials during production (like the use of additives) that may add to environmental burdens. This paper addresses issues mainly at the IM process level taking the followings into account - pollution and manufacturing cost, energy and water consumption, waste management, operation safety, hazards to the plastic manufacturing personnel and other environmental impacts - To develop requisite process metrics for measuring the sustainability performances of the IM process. The ideas discussed in the paper lead to the development of computational approaches for selecting the "best" processmaterial combination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication19th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 8th International Conference on Micro- andNanosystems
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791846353
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
EventASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2014 - Buffalo, United States
Duration: Aug 17 2014Aug 20 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume4

Other

OtherASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2014
CountryUnited States
CityBuffalo
Period8/17/148/20/14

Keywords

  • Injection molding
  • Material selection
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Sustainability drivers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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