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Unformatted text preview: 1 UPK / MECH ME4211 Development of Green Products 1 UPK / MECH ME4211 Development of Green Products Life Cycle of a Material • Materials are predominantly extracted from earth and after their useful lifetime are ultimately returned to it • Each of the materials cycle activity is associated with energy inputs or costs 2 UPK / MECH ME4211 Development of Green Products 2 UPK / MECH ME4211 Development of Green Products Material Cost vs Product Cost • In material-intensive designs such as mechanical components, and consumer goods, the material cost is almost 50% of the product cost § Generally, material-intensive products are driven by cost • In material-insensitive designs such as microelectronic components or biomedical prosthesis the material cost is within the range of 5%-20% of the total product cost § Material-insensitive designs are determined by their performance • Since the volume of material used in material- intensive designs is very high , there are several opportunities for the designer to explore material...
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- Winter '11
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