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Materials 2014, 7(8), 5769-5788; doi:10.3390/ma7085769

The Influence of Different Recycling Scenarios on the Mechanical Design of an LED Weatherproof Light Fitting

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Zalux, Centro Empresarial Miralbueno, 50012 Zaragoza, Spain
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Zaragoza, C/María de Luna, 3, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain
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AITIIP Technology Center (Centro Tecnológico en Inyección de Plásticos), Polígono Industrial Empresarium, C/Romero 12, 50720 Zaragoza, Spain
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Received: 13 June 2014 / Revised: 4 August 2014 / Accepted: 5 August 2014 / Published: 11 August 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recycled Materials)
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This paper analyzes the high relevance of material selection for the sustainable development of an LED weatherproof light fitting. The research reveals how this choice modifies current and future end of life scenarios and can reduce the overall environmental impact. This life cycle assessment has been carried out with Ecotool, a software program especially developed for designers to assess the environmental performance of their designs at the same time that they are working on them. Results show that special attention can be put on the recycling and reusing of the product from the initial stages of development. View Full-Text
Keywords: recycling; life cycle assessment (LCA); light fitting recycling; life cycle assessment (LCA); light fitting
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Camañes, V.; Elduque, D.; Javierre, C.; Fernández, Á. The Influence of Different Recycling Scenarios on the Mechanical Design of an LED Weatherproof Light Fitting. Materials 2014, 7, 5769-5788.

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