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Environmental Evaluation of Product Design Alternatives: The Role of Consumer’s Repair Behavior and Deterioration of Critical Components

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Mostafa Sabbaghi

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The State University of New York at Buffalo, NY, USA 14260
mostafas@buffalo.edu

Sara Behdad

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The State University of New York at Buffalo, NY, USA 14260Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The State University of New York at Buffalo, NY, USA 14260
sarabehd@buffalo.edu

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4036777 History: Received May 19, 2016; Revised May 02, 2017

Abstract

Consumers might be willing to repair their broken devices as long as the associated repair costs do not exceed an undesirable threshold. However, in many cases the technological obsolescence actuates consumers to retire old devices and replace them with new ones rather than extending the product lifecycle through repair. In this paper, we aim to investigate the impact of components’ deterioration profiles and consumers’ repair decisions on the lifespan of devices, and then assesse the anticipated life cycle environmental impacts. A Monte Carlo simulation is developed to estimate the life cycle characteristics such as the average lifespan, the number of failed components’ replacement, and the total repair cost per cycle for a laptop computer. The lifecycle characteristics estimated from simulation model further have been used in a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study to quantify the environmental impact associated with different design scenarios. The results reveal the impact of product design as well as consumers’ repair decisions on the product lifespan and the corresponding environmental impacts.

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