Special Issue "EcoDesign: The Importance of Manufacturing Sustainable Products"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Engineering and Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Claudio Favi
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Guest Editor
Department of Engineering and Architecture, Parma University, 43124 Parma, Italy
Interests: engineering design; eco-design; life cycle engineering; product development; design methods; design tools
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Prof. Dr. Marco Marconi
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Co-Guest Editor
Department of Economics, Engineering, Society and Business Organization, Tuscia University, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
Interests: eco-design; life cycle assessment; product design; sustainable manufacturing; design tools and methods
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The design and development of products for daily use is changing due to the new drivers derived by the paradigm of sustainability with its three pillars: economic, environmental, social. Product manufacturing plays a critical role in the product’s life cycle, thus designers and engineers are encouraged to rethink the way products are conceived, integrating sustainable manufacturing aspects in the early phases of product design and development, anticipating the issues related to the production phase which include the reduction of environmental impacts by increasing efficiency of resource consumption and minimizing wastes/scraps, the improvement of working conditions and social equalities by carefully taking into account human resources and its integration within production systems, as well as the management of manufacturing costs for increasing the product and company-added value. Consequently, the importance of manufacturing and assembly considerations in product development need to be viewed as a key subject for the overall sustainability of companies, since product development merges current markets, technology trends and regulatory demands into product features.

Papers exploring novel eco-designed products and the implications of eco-design methods in product development for a sustainable manufacturing with a critical focus on production technologies, sustainable management of production systems and product assembly are invited. Case studies focusing on the adoption of sustainable practices in the context of product manufacturing and assembly (i.e., reduction of energy/water consumption, reduction of emission, advance in social equality and human wellbeing) are also welcome.

The papers selected for this Special Issue will be subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications.

Prof. Claudio Favi
Prof. Marco Marconi
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • eco-design
  • sustainable design
  • sustainable manufacturing and production
  • product development
  • design for manufacturing and assembly
  • life cycle engineering
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Designing Immortal Products: A Lifecycle Scenario-Based Approach
Sustainability 2021, 13(6), 3574; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063574 - 23 Mar 2021
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Immortal products are updated and upgraded to go from application to application and, in so doing, to extend their life as long as possible. Designing such products is the key to a sustainable society from the circular economy perspective. It is a new [...] Read more.
Immortal products are updated and upgraded to go from application to application and, in so doing, to extend their life as long as possible. Designing such products is the key to a sustainable society from the circular economy perspective. It is a new way of designing that must be supported by engineering tools to be deployed in companies, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) included. The implementation of circular loops and the associated industrial systems are very dependent on the contexts and life scenarios of the products. Thus, depending on the products to be re-circulated, the processes controlled, and the actors involved, the requirements to be reported at design level are very diverse. This paper proposes a new design method based on lifecycle scenarios to be analyzed and designed. Supported by classical engineering tools that has been adapted for circular economy (CE) context, the lifecycle model enables simultaneous design of businesses, products and services and the evaluation of their environmental values. Three industrial design cases showing the application of engineering tools for implementation of CE lifecycle scenarios are presented. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue EcoDesign: The Importance of Manufacturing Sustainable Products)
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Influence of the Intrinsic Characteristics of Cementitious Materials on Biofouling in the Marine Environment
Sustainability 2021, 13(5), 2625; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052625 - 01 Mar 2021
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Coastal marine ecosystems provide essential benefits and services to humanity, but many are rapidly degrading. Human activities are leading to significant land take along coastlines and to major changes in ecosystems. Ecological engineering tools capable of promoting large-scale restoration of coastal ecosystems are [...] Read more.
Coastal marine ecosystems provide essential benefits and services to humanity, but many are rapidly degrading. Human activities are leading to significant land take along coastlines and to major changes in ecosystems. Ecological engineering tools capable of promoting large-scale restoration of coastal ecosystems are needed today in the face of intensifying climatic stress and human activities. Concrete is one of the materials most commonly used in the construction of coastal and marine infrastructure. Immersed in seawater, concretes are rapidly colonized by microorganisms and macroorganisms. Surface colonization and subsequent biofilm and biofouling formation provide numerous advantages to these organisms and support critical ecological and biogeochemical functions in the changing marine environment. The new challenge of the 21st century is to develop innovative concretes that, in addition to their usual properties, provide improved bioreceptivity in order to enhance marine biodiversity. The aim of this study is to master and clarify the intrinsic parameters that influence the bioreceptivity (biocolonization) of cementitious materials in the marine environment. By coupling biofilm (culture-based methods) and biofouling (image-analysis-based method and wet-/dry-weight biomass measurement) quantification techniques, this study showed that the application of a curing compound to the concrete surface reduced the biocolonization of cementitious materials in seawater, whereas green formwork oil had the opposite effect. This study also found that certain surface conditions (faceted and patterned surface, rough surface) promote the bacterial and macroorganism colonization of cementitious materials. Among the parameters examined, surface roughness proved to be the factor that promotes biocolonization most effectively. These results could be taken up in future recommendations to enable engineers to eco-design more eco-friendly marine infrastructure and develop green-engineering projects. Full article
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