About this Research Topic
In the past decade, remanufacturing has been increasingly recognized as a critical element for realizing an efficient and sustainable manufacturing industry. It is a process whereby used/broken-down components - referred to as cores - are restored to a like-new condition with an extended lifetime. Remanufacturing reclaims the material content and retains the embodied energy and labor used to manufacture the original component. Research shows that compared to manufacturing a new part, remanufacturing can reduce up to 80% of energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions and 40-65% of manufacturing cost.
Despite the conventional wisdom that remanufacturing reduces environmental impacts, remanufacturing can lead to negative outcomes (e.g., consume more energy). Thus, it is important to thoroughly investigate its environmental and economic impacts, understand the true impacts of remanufacturing decisions, and identify operational policies (e.g., robust scenarios) to ensure that remanufacturing is conducted when it is worth the effort.
Re-manufacturing and its sustainability involve numerous aspects and disciplines such as life cycle assessment (LCA), additive manufacturing technologies, mechanical engineering, and decision modelling and optimization. Successful development of sustainability-oriented engineering methodology will lead to a comprehensive understanding of environmental/economic implications of the Re-manufacturing and provide effective decision support to reduce environmental/economic burdens at lower costs.
This research topic intends to bring together research articles highlighting the latest advancements in Re-manufacturing, with a focus on the development and deployment of new analytical models, frameworks, optimization algorithms, and management strategies aiming at improving the sustainability of Re-manufacturing. Original research papers, review papers, industrial case studies, and short communications are welcome to submit on themes such as, but not limited to:
• Modelling and optimization of energy consumption in Re-manufacturing
• Product/Process design for Re-manufacturing
• Advanced Materials for Re-manufacturing
• Artificial intelligence and machine learning in Re-manufacturing for product quality and process control
• Life-cycle assessment: methods and case studies for Re-manufacturing
• Life-cycle costing: methods and case studies for Re-manufacturing
• Life-cycle sustainability Assessment: Methods and case studies for Re-manufacturing
• Life-cycle engineering of laser additive Re-manufacturing
• Proactive Re-manufacturing
Keywords: Life Cycle Engineering, Life-cycle Assessment, Re-manufacturing, Sustainability, Life-cycle Costing
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