Generating design alternatives for increasing recyclability of products

Yasushi Umeda*, Shinichi Fukushige, Takahiro Mizuno, Yuki Matsuyama

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This paper proposes a design support method for improving the recyclability of electronic and electrical products. The method estimates the recycling rate of a product based on its end-of-life scenario. The method supports a designer in generating design alternatives that increase the rate by conducting impact analysis with the change of material composition and end-of-life scenario. The method suggests design alternatives with the constraint of keeping the other performance factors (e.g.; flexural strength and thermal conductivity) constant by adjusting the geometric parameters (e.g.; thickness and volume) of the components.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-138
Number of pages4
JournalCIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Design alternative
  • Lifecycle
  • Recycling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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