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Influence of Material Selection and Product Design on Automotive Vehicle Recyclability

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Hubei Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Automotive Components, Hubei Collaborative Innovation Center for Automotive Components Technology and Hubei Research Center for New Energy and Intelligent Connected Vehicle, School of Automotive Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, Hubei, China
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School of Management, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, Hubei, China
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Dongfeng Motor Corporation Technology Center, Wuhan 430058, Hubei, China
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Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile Co. Ltd., Wuhan 430056, Hubei, China
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OFFIS—Institut für Informatik Oldenburg, 26121 Oldenburg, Germany
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Academic Editor: Valentina Rognoli
Sustainability 2021, 13(6), 3407; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063407
Received: 1 February 2021 / Revised: 10 March 2021 / Accepted: 16 March 2021 / Published: 19 March 2021
From 2008 to 2020, Chinese automobile production and sales have ranked first in the world. The huge production, sales, and ownership of automobiles will inevitably lead to a rapid increase of end-of-life vehicles in the future and a corresponding issue of resource recycling. Based on the analysis of a practical dismantling study and statistics declared by the supplier of 19.5% of components and parts with a weight greater than 0.5 kg from two typical vehicle models from 2011 to 2013, this paper focuses on nonmetallic components and parts, the connection of components and parts materials, and the product life cycle of each stage, to find rational technical solutions, and therefore maximize recyclability and recoverability and achieve sustainable development. On one hand, recycling at each stage for vehicles is considered in the design and development of products. As a result, it is found that the main methods, which are conducive to recycling, are increasing the use ratio of materials that are easy to recycle. In addition, general principles of material selection are summarized. On the other hand, vehicles’ dismantling is considered in the initial stage of product design and methods of structural design are summarized. View Full-Text
Keywords: end-of-life vehicle; recycling; material selection; product design; optimization; circular economy end-of-life vehicle; recycling; material selection; product design; optimization; circular economy
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He, X.; Su, D.; Cai, W.; Pehlken, A.; Zhang, G.; Wang, A.; Xiao, J. Influence of Material Selection and Product Design on Automotive Vehicle Recyclability. Sustainability 2021, 13, 3407. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063407

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He X, Su D, Cai W, Pehlken A, Zhang G, Wang A, Xiao J. Influence of Material Selection and Product Design on Automotive Vehicle Recyclability. Sustainability. 2021; 13(6):3407. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063407

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He, Xiaohui, Dongmei Su, Wenchao Cai, Alexandra Pehlken, Guofang Zhang, Aimin Wang, and Jinsheng Xiao. 2021. "Influence of Material Selection and Product Design on Automotive Vehicle Recyclability" Sustainability 13, no. 6: 3407. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063407

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