The new software DEMROP provides the designer and recycler with the following support:
a complete cost assessment of the entire product (recycling/reuse);
an evaluation of material mixtures and combinations with regard to material separation and recycling;
a database for disassembly costs, recycling processes and target markets;
a database for organic and inorganic materials;
the definition of an evaluation criterion for measurements and recycling properties;
an user friendly interface with Windows 3.11.
This research programme has as its objective the development of a design and evaluation method as a design tool to increase the recyclability of electromechanical products.
In contrast to a checklist, an evaluation procedure makes a quantitative assessment of the suitability of a product for recycling (both existing products and new designs).
The result of the procedure is reproducible, and makes it possible to compare alternative developments.
An assessment is made of the material, and the disassembly movements and difficulties, such as critical fastening techniques or the graded application of tools.
The method will support the choice of a recycling method and give a general assessment of the recyclability. The method will then provide the evaluation of the product structure (motions for disassembly, joining methods) and materials with respect to those selected. The evaluation will not estimate the absolute value of the product but the relative value compared with an ideal reference product. Statistically collected knowledge about recycling costs and behaviour in recycling processes will support the results.
A final task will be the functional test of the software on different types of household appliances, consumer electronic devices, and industrial electrical equipment.
Call for proposalData not available
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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