Transient environmental effects of light alloy substitutions in transport vehicles

Caceres, CH (2009) Transient environmental effects of light alloy substitutions in transport vehicles. MATERIALS & DESIGN, 30 8: 2813-2822. doi:10.1016/j.matdes.2009.01.027

Author Caceres, CH
Title Transient environmental effects of light alloy substitutions in transport vehicles
Journal name MATERIALS & DESIGN   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0264-1275
Publication date 2009-09-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.matdes.2009.01.027
Open Access Status
Volume 30
Issue 8
Start page 2813
End page 2822
Total pages 10
Editor Edwards K L
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject C1
861203 Metal Castings
091207 Metals and Alloy Materials
Abstract Materials indices and exchange constants are combined with Field et al.'s fleet analysis [Field F, Kirchain R, Clark J. Life-cycle assessment and temporal distributions of emissions: developing a fleet-based analysis. J Indust Ecol 2000;4:71-91, doi:10.1162/108819800569816] to examine the time-dependent CO(2) emissions attached to the production of the Al and Mg alloys used to reduce the mass of transport vehicles. The model is used to breakdown the temporal pattern of upfront emissions of passenger cars according to the mass and CO(2)-footprint efficiency of typical automotive structural substitutions (castings, stiff panels and stiff beams), accounting for the effect of recycling. The fleet's upfront emissions of Al and Mg castings with high content of secondary metal are offset by the increased fuel efficiency after 4 years of driving. Al beams and panels and electrolytic Mg panels require between 8 and 15 years, whereas for panels and beams of Pidgeon Mg no environmental benefits ever materialise. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Non-ferrous metals and alloys
Performance indices
Value Analysis
Fuel Efficiency
Global Watching
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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