Green Modular Design by the Concept of Chemical Activation Energy
Shana S. Smith and Wei-Zhe Wang
Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University, No.1, Sec.4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Due to increasing environmental concerns, natural resource use must become more efficient. As a result, green design is now an important research topic. The goal of this study was to create a green modular design method using the concept of chemical activation energy. The method uses five product functions and five product attributes that affect green performance to group parts into functional modules and then group parts into green modules within each functional module. Considering both product functions and environmental factors ensures the functional feasibility of the modules that are created and also improves the green performance of the product. The method developed in this study was used to group parts into functional modules and green modules for an LCD monitor. The study results can be used to help designers create new green products or improve the green performance of existing products.
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