Life-Cycle Engineering Design

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K. Ishii

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305

J. Vib. Acoust 117(B), 42-47 (Jun 01, 1995) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2838675 History: Received September 01, 1994; Revised November 01, 1994; Online February 26, 2008


Life-cycle engineering seeks to incorporate various product life-cycle values into the early stages of design. These values include functional performance, manufacturability, serviceability, and environmental impact. We start with a survey of life-cycle engineering research focusing on methodologies and tools. Further, the paper addresses critical research issues in life-cycle design tools: design representation and measures for life-cycle evaluation. The paper describes our design representation scheme based on a semantic network that is effective for evaluating the structural layout. Evaluation measures for serviceability and recyclability illustrate the practical use of these representation schemes.

Copyright © 1995 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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