Integrating environmental impact targets in early phases of production planning for lightweight structures

Antal Dér*, Chris Gabrisch, Alexander Kaluza, Felipe Cerdas, Sebastian Thiede, Christoph Herrmann

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Increased utilization of multi-material lightweight structures requires the development of new manufacturing processes for large-volume automotive production. Manufacturing processes based on fiber-reinforced plastics tend to be more energy intensive than current steel-based processing technologies, which reduces the environmental advantages of lightweight design. The risk of shifting environmental impacts from the usage to the production stage increases the relevance of life cycle engineering based production planning. This paper presents an approach for integrating environmental impact targets into early phase production planning for manufacturing systems of lightweight structures. In the approach, impact targets are derived from eco-efficiency measures. An exemplary application is presented within the case of FRP patching.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-173
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia CIRP
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event26th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, LCE 2019 - Purdue University, West Lafayette, United States
Duration: 7 May 20199 May 2019
Conference number: 26


  • Environmental impact targets
  • Life Cycle Engineering
  • Production planning

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