Whole System Design: An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Engineering

Whole System Design: An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Engineering

by Peter Stansinoupolos, Michael H Smith, Karlson Hargroves, Cheryl Desha
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1844076423

ISBN-13: 9781844076420

Pub. Date: 12/28/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Whole System Design is increasingly being seen as one of the most cost-effective ways to both increase the productivity and reduce the negative environmental impacts of an engineered system.

A focus on design is critical, as the output from this stage of the project locks in most of the economic and environmental performance of the designed system throughout its

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Whole System Design is increasingly being seen as one of the most cost-effective ways to both increase the productivity and reduce the negative environmental impacts of an engineered system.

A focus on design is critical, as the output from this stage of the project locks in most of the economic and environmental performance of the designed system throughout its life, which can span from a few years to many decades. Indeed, it is now widely acknowledged that all designers - particularly engineers, architects and industrial designers - need to be able to understand and implement a whole system design approach.

This book provides a clear design methodology, based on leading efforts in the field, and is supported by worked examples that demonstrate how advances in energy, materials and water productivity can be achieved through applying an integrated approach to sustainable engineering. Chapters 1-5 outline the approach and explain how it can be implemented to enhance the established Systems Engineering framework. Chapters 6-10 demonstrate, through detailed worked examples, the application of the approach to industrial pumping systems, passenger vehicles, electronics and computer systems, temperature control of buildings, and domestic water systems.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844076420
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2008
Edition description:
1
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables xi

Forewords Benjamin S. Blanchard Barry J. Grear Tony Marjoram Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker xv

Acknowledgements xxi

Author Biographies xxiii

1 A Whole System Approach to Sustainable Design 1

2 The fundamentals of Systems Engineering to inform a Whole System Approach 19

3 Enhancing the Systems Engineering process through a Whole System Approach to Sustainable Design 45

4 Elements of applying a Whole System Design Approach (elements 1-5) 61

5 Elements of applying a Whole System Design Approach (elements 6-10) 75

6 Worked example 1 - Industrial pumping systems 95

7 Worked example 2 - Passenger vehicles 109

8 Worked example 3 - Electronics and computer systems 123

9 Worked example 4 - Temperature control of buildings 139

10 Worked example 5 - Domestic water systems 157

Index 175

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