Research Papers

An Integrated Approach to Information Modeling for the Sustainable Design of Products

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Douglas Eddy

Department of Mechanical
and Industrial Engineering,
University of Massachusetts Amherst,
Amherst, MA 01003
e-mail: dceddy@engin.umass.edu

Sundar Krishnamurty

Department of Mechanical
and Industrial Engineering,
University of Massachusetts Amherst,
Amherst, MA 01003
e-mail: skrishna@ecs.umass.edu

Ian Grosse

Department of Mechanical
and Industrial Engineering,
University of Massachusetts Amherst,
Amherst, MA 01003
e-mail: grosse@ecs.umass.edu

Paul Witherell

National Institute of Standards and Technology,
Engineering Laboratory,
Gaithersburg, MA 20899
e-mail: paul.witherell@nist.gov

Jack Wileden

Department of Computer Science,
University of Massachusetts Amherst,
Amherst, MA 01003
e-mail: jack@cs.umass.edu

Kemper Lewis

Department of Mechanical
and Aerospace Engineering,
University at Buffalo—SUNY,
Buffalo, NY 14150
e-mail: kelewis@buffalo.edu

1Corresponding author.

This material is declared a work of the U.S. Government and is not subject to copyright protection in the United States. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited. Manuscript received June 5, 2013; final manuscript received June 26, 2013; published online April 23, 2014. Editor: Bahram Ravani.

J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 14(2), 021011 (Apr 23, 2014) (13 pages) Paper No: JCISE-13-1106; doi: 10.1115/1.4027375 History: Received June 05, 2013; Revised June 26, 2013

The design of more sustainable products can be best accomplished in a tradeoff-based design process that methodically handles conflicting objectives. Such conflicts are often seen between, environmental impact, cost, and product performance. To support such a process, this paper proposes the development of an environment where sustainability considerations are explicitly introduced early into the design process. This explicitness is provided by integrating the requirements information of sustainability standards and regulations directly into the design process. The emergence of the semantic web provides an interoperable environment in which the context and meaning of knowledge about the relationships among various domains can be shared. This work presents an ontological framework designed to represent both the objectives that pertain to sustainable design and the applicable sustainability standards and regulations. This integrated approach not only can ease the adoption of the standards and regulations during a design process but can also influence a design toward sustainability considerations. The usefulness of this model integration is demonstrated by an illustrative brake disk rotor and pads case study. The results show that both the standards and criteria may be considered at early design stages by using this methodology. Furthermore, it can be used to capture, reveal, and propagate the design intent transparently to all design participants.

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Desired state of information models for a design

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Modular building blocks of the information model for sustainable product design

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Relationships in the sustainability categories ontology

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Relationships of the Zachman framework deployed

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Relationships to constraints in a design process

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Criteria including LCA and LCC

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LCA module construction

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Specific contributions of IASDOP to a successful design process for sustainability

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Modeling of a constraint imposed by sustainability standards

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Use of information from LCA to compare impact results among alternatives

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Results of the most preferred design alternative—baseline for comparison

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Results of an alternative with some copper content in the caliper pads

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Results of an alternative with increased content of both copper and silicon in the rotor



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