Industrial Ecology and the Automobile / Edition 1

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  • Shows that an industrial system must be viewed not in isolation from its surrounding systems, but in concert with them.
  • Outlines a systems view in which one seeks to optimize the total materials cycle — from materials to components and whole products, through obsolescence and disposal.
    • Focuses on resources, energy, and capital as factors to be optimized.
  • Explores various experiences encountered by the automobile industry in designing an automobile with the environment in mind. Considers:
    • What choices are desirable?
    • Which decisions work?
    • Which are difficult to implement?
    • Where is more research needed?
  • Places automobiles in the context of broad societal structures — economics, psychology, culture.
  • Provides historical perspectives on the evolution of the automobile and the evolution of the automotive infrastructure. (Chs. 4, 5) Considers:
    • Road network development, maintenance and repair.
    • Petroleum exploration, recovery, and delivery network.
    • The automobile as a facilitator of urban sprawl.
  • Discusses the many steps and factors to be considered in designing for environment:
    • Choosing materials. (Ch. 6)
    • Energy consumption. (Ch. 7)
    • Environmental impacts during manufacture. (Ch. 8)
    • Environmental interactions during product use. (Ch. 9)
    • Design for recycling. (Ch. 10)
  • Surveys global trends affecting the automobile, the transportationinfrastructure, and the society of the next quarter-century.
  • Contains Matrix Evaluation Guidelines and Checklists. (Appendix A)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136074090
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 7/1/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 243
  • Product dimensions: 7.07 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Automobiles and Societal Structures
1 Humanity on the Move 1
2 Industrial Ecology 8
3 Culture, Psychology, and the Automobile 26
4 Automotive Technology as a System 37
Pt. II Historical Perspectives
5 The Evolution of the Automobile 47
6 The Evolution of the Automotive Infrastructure 62
Pt. III Design for Environment
7 Choosing Materials 77
8 Environmental Interactions During Manufacture 93
9 Energy Consumption 109
10 Environmental Interactions During Product Use 125
11 Design for Recycling 147
12 How Green is the Automobile and Its Infrastructure? 162
Pt. IV Future Prospects
13 The Future of the Automobile and Its Infrastructure 193
14 Epilogue 217
App. A Environmentally-Responsible Product Matrix 219
App. B Conversion Factors and Units of Measurement 236
Index 238
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