151-0741-00L  Sustainable Materials

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersL. Deillon
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


151-0741-00 VSustainable Materials2 hrs
Mon10:15-12:00ML F 39 »
L. Deillon
151-0741-00 ASustainable Materials2 hrsL. Deillon

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AbstractThe lecture addresses the issue of sustainability in manufacturing, focussing on materials. The most used materials, their production and transformation into a product are analysed in terms of energy consumption and emissions. Emphasis is then placed on alternative design strategies which reduce the use of materials and innovative processes which lower energy consumption and emissions.
ObjectiveAfter this lecture students will be able to:
• Develop a critical thinking of published sustainability data and facts
• Explain where the materials that we use come from, what emissions arise from the different steps of raw material production and product manufacturing
• Determine where significant changes can be brought
• Develop feasible solutions towards a more sustainable use of materials
Content• Introduction : what is sustainability, which industrial sectors are responsible for the most CO2 (and other) emissions
• The “real” numbers: where to find reliable data and how one can play with the figures
• Basics of life cycle analysis
• CO2 and other emissions
• The most used materials
o The 5 most used materials today, their key properties and what they are used for
o Evolution of production, consumption and resources
• Production, recyclability and new processing routes for Al and steel
• Use less material by design
• Re-use of materials & prolonging products life
• Production of cement, new developments & alternatives
• Presentation of students’ projects
Lecture notesSlides distributed and available on Moodle
LiteratureReferences given in the lecture

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersL. Deillon
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationIndependent project (A)
Grade = 75% written report, 25% oral presentation

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Mechanical Engineering BachelorDesign, Mechanics and ManufacturingWInformation
Mechanical Engineering MasterMechanics, Materials, StructuresWInformation