Comparing Standards and Policies for Sustainability in Tolerance Optimization
Paper in proceeding, 2014

Design for sustainability often considers three potentially competing objectives in economic, ecological, and social sustainability. In general, business success hinges on economic sustainability, while ecological and social concerns are treated as secondary objectives for marketing or political purposes. Previous research has shown that there is a tradeoff among these sustainability objectives regarding design decisions that include tolerances and material choices, and different market- or policy-driven incentives may result in different optimal design decisions. This study presents and demonstrates an approach for evaluating legislative opportunities that may internalize ecological and social objectives into the economic objectives of product-developing firms, using the case study of an automotive body panel. Modeling and simulation tools from Computer Aided Tolerancing (CAT), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and design optimization are combined using a novel framework to show how sustainability-driven government policies such as taxation may influence design decisions and sustainability outcomes.


Steven Hoffenson

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Product Development

Rikard Söderberg

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Product Development

ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference

978-0-7918-5591-1 (ISBN)

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Sustainable development

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Reliability and Maintenance

Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)





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