Application of Design for Environment Principles Combined with LCA Methodology on Automotive Product Process Development: The Case Study of a Crossmember
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The existing Community regulation pushes the carmakers to design eco-sustainability of the vehicle over its life cycle to limit the consequences of the current state and the expected growth of the sector. In this sense, one of the primary aim is reducing raw materials consumption and emissions through the adoption of innovative materials and technologies. This implies the need for the carmakers to integrate Design for Environment (DfE) principles at the early Research and Development (R&D) stage. The article presents a concreate example of integration of DfE and LCA methodology application in the R&D process of a vehicle component produced by Magneti Marelli. The study allowed drawing a balance between the advantages of a lightweight solution with respect to the standard one both from performance and environmental point of view.
KeywordsAutomotive sector Sustainable manufacturing Design for environment Lightweighting Life cycle assessment
The authors would like to thank Magneti Marelli S.P.A. for the cooperation. In particular, the authors are very grateful to Mrs. Rubina Riccomagno for her fruitful contribution.
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