By Doru Talaba, Thomas Roche

This e-book includes an edited model of the lectures and chosen contributions provided through the complex summer season Institute on “Product Engineering: Eco-Design, applied sciences and eco-friendly power” geared up on the st Transilvania collage of Brasov (Romania) within the interval 14-21 of July 2004. The complicated summer season Institute (ASI) used to be equipped within the framework of the eu FP5 funded venture “ADEPT – complex laptop aided layout of Ecological items and applied sciences integrating eco-friendly power assets” and was once dedicated to the Product Engineering box, with specific recognition to the features relating to the environmentally awake layout and eco-friendly strength resources. the target of the ASI was once to create the framework for assembly of best scientists with PhD holders and complex PhD scholars conducting examine within the box of Eco-Design, CAD, Simulation applied sciences, Robotics, production and eco-friendly power assets. the purpose used to be to create stipulations for prime point education via a sequence of 15 invited lectures awarded by means of global reputed scientists, in addition to to provide percentages for younger researchers to give their achievements and to set up specialist contacts. The ASI used to be visible additionally as a chance for teachers, practitioners and experts from Europe and in other places who're considering the learn, administration, improvement and implementation of product engineering rules within the studying and educating sectors, in addition to pros to return jointly and percentage principles on tasks and examples of top perform.

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FUSSLER, Driving Eco-Innovation (Pitman Publishing, 1996). C. HENDRICKSON, N. CONWAY-SCHEMPF, L. LAVE, F. MCMICHAEL, Introduction to Green Design (Green Design Initiative, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA). ICER, Design for Recycling Electronic and Electrical Equipment (Industry Council for Electronic Equipment Recycling, 1997). K. ISHII, L. HORNBERGER, The Effective Use and Implementation of Computer Aids for Life Cycle Product Design (in Advances in Design Automation, Volume 1, ASME , 1992).

The purpose of this approach is to identify one or more functional parameters that are sufficiently strongly correlated with the environmental impact created by a category of components in their production and/or utilisation phase. An example is summarized in Figures 2 to 4, illustrating that for 3-phase electromotors the nominal power can be used as an independent variable to estimate the eco-impact caused during both the production of the motor and its utilisation phase. Figure 2 demonstrates a strong correlation between the nominal power and the amount of copper required to construct a 3-phase induction motor.

H. LOVINS, Factor Four Doubling Wealth Halving Resource Use (Earthscan Press, 1998). R. ZÜST, Sustainable Products and Processes (Presentations at 3rd International Seminar on Life Cycle Engineering, 1996). ECO-IMPACT ANTICIPATION BY PARAMETRIC SCREENING OF MACHINE SYSTEM COMPONENTS An Introduction to the EcoPaS Methodology J. R. Duflou and W. Dewulf Department of Mechanical Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium Abstract: The Eco-efficiency Parametric Screening (EcoPaS) methodology, described in this paper, offers a systematic approach to component selection based on environmental impact minimisation.

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