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Special Issue "The Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on Engineering Design and the Sustainability of the New Developed Products"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 1246

Special Issue Editors

DPIA Department, University of Udine, Udine, Italy
Interests: 3D CAD modelling; engineering education; creativity and sustainability; innovative design methods; design for additive manufacturing; biomechanical engineering; digital manufacturing for industry 4.0; sustainable product development; inclusive products
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Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy
Interests: Tools for assessment in engineering graphics education, designing aids for disabled people, mechanical devices for scientific research
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Department of Structures, Construction and Graphic Expression, Technical University of Cartagena, 30202 Cartagena, Spain
Interests: design, computational modeling, and simulation; CAD, CAE, CAM, and BIM; geometric modeling and analysis; creativity and sustainability; innovative design; additive manufacturing; biomechanical engineering; engineering methods in human-related applications; biomedical engineering; big data and artificial intelligence; digital manufacturing for industry 4.0
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The fight against the COVID pandemic is a call to all fields of scientific research, not only to medical and public security experts. Engineers can contribute to the development or optimization of solutions that would allow us to detect, cure, and contain the spread of this subtle disease.

Ideas and new approaches for the optimization of existing products such as protective masks, assisted breathing devices, diagnostic systems, or medical organizations and procedures have greatly multiplied. A variety of technologies are being brought to the test field for the design and rapid development of new products. Provided that there is a lesson to be learned from the present situation, it is important to take advantage of this large effort and evaluate the potential of these new technologies from the perspective of development speed, time to market, and sustainability.

Original manuscripts exploring practical case studies of innovation, development, and / or optimization of medical or everyday use products, highlighting the aspects related to design choices (green design methods, materials, recyclability, ease of disposal) are invited. Case studies focusing on the description of the new development paradigm are also welcome, considering as significant aspects the proposal of rapid, innovative, and sustainable solutions also at the level of engineering education for sustainability.

Dr. Barbara Motyl
Dr. Gabriele Baronio
Prof. Dr. Francisco Cavas Martinez
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Design for COVID -19
  • Medical device Design
  • Product innovation strategies
  • Eco-design methods and eco-designed products
  • Design for disassembly
  • Product reuse, remanufacturing, and recycling
  • Product end-of-life management
  • Sustainability assessment of products and manufacturing processes
  • LCA of products
  • Life cycle engineering and related topics

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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