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Enhancement of Life Cycle Engineering Methodology

Enhancement of Life Cycle Engineering Methodology by Integration of Management-related Methods and its Application to Complex Systems

The project "Enhancement of Life Cycle Engineering Methodology by Integration of Management-related Methods and its Application to Complex Systems" is supported by the DAAD with funds of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as well as the Rectors Council of Portuguese Universities (CRUP) and performed within the DAAD program "Projektbezogener Personenaustausch mit Portugal (PPP Portugal)".

In cooperation with the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal) it is aimed to the further development of a Life Cycle Engineering and Management (LCEM) framework for a life cycle-related analysis, evaluation, and design of products, processes, and resources from a technical, ecological, and economic point of view. For this purpose, four sub-targets are defined:

  • Improvement of the theoretical foundation of Life Cycle Engineering and LCEM by identification and conceptual integration of appropriate engineering, management-related, ecological, system-theoretical, as well as decision-theoretical theory elements into the framework
  • Extension of the methodology by specification, combination with established techniques of Life Cycle Engineering, and application of concepts and methods of Target Costing, Supply Chain Costing, Business Modeling, Eco-Efficiency, and Material Flow Cost Accounting to strengthen the market-, customer- and supply chain-orientation of LCE and to elaborate a theoretical contribution to the development of sustainable products, processes, resources, and business models which can be used in corporate practices
  • Enlargement of the application fields of LCEM towards complex systems; relevant fields of application with high potential for strengthening sustainability are, e.g., additive manufacturing of composites, injection molding techniques, as well as innovative sports equipment, hybrid railcars, and wind turbines
  • Enhancement of Curricula of LCEM and their refinement supported by educational material and elaborated case studies

As the framework structures manifold LCEM-relevant issues and provides recommendations for analysis, evaluation, and design activities, it is intended to be a work base for researchers and practitioners and to contribute substantially to the advancement of sustainable practices.


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