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Welcome to
 
Sustainable Manufacturing & Life Cycle Engineering
Research Group @ UNSW

 

What is Life Cycle Engineering (LCE)

Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) is one of the engineering disciplines that focuses on a systematic approach to design an entire life cycle of a product by incorporating the environmental aspect along with the economic, technical and social aspects during the product development. Several methods, such as LCA (Life Cycle Assessment), LCC (Life-Cycle Costing), and Eco-design, are applied in order to analyze the data and make decision during the upstream and downstream of the product development. Moreover, LCE is an iterative process for continuous improvement of the sustainable performance of the product, product, process, system and the facility involved during the product life cycle.

Our research strengths

  • Eco-design
  • Low carbon manufacturing
  • Energy efficiency evaluation in manufacturing
  • Carbon foot print assessment
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC)
  • Sustainable supply chain management
  • End-of-Life products treatment, including reuse, remanufacturing, and recycling
The Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Engineering Research Group at UNSW was established in 1998 within the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Various industrial and student projects in the field of LCE have been conducted by high quality researchers in LCE during the past decade. The latest achievement is the establishment of new collaboration with Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany) under the name of Joint German-Australian Research Group in Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Management in 2009. This collaboration focuses on making multinational manufacturing processes and resource consumption more sustainable.

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We cordially invite you to the 22nd CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering in Sydney, Australia 7 - 9 April 2015. +More Info

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SMLCE News

Awards and achievements

Shiva Abdoli, PhD candidate and researcher at SMLCE, has been awarded "Women in Engineering Research Top-Up Scholarships"

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Prof. Sami Kara has been awarded "The Australian Awards for University Teaching".

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The paper, "Integrated Material and Energy Flow Analysis towards Energy Efficient Manufacturing", was awarded Leo Award for the best paper. The paper was presented in LCE2014 by Professor Sami Kara.

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The paper, "Weighted Additive Fuzzy Goal Programming-based Decision Support System for Green Supply Network Design", was awarded IEEM2013 Best Paper Award. The paper was presented in IEEM2013 by Kanda Boonsothonsatit.

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Professor Sami Kara has been awarded the ARC Supervisor award for the second time in 2013 

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WSBC

20th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering 2013, Singapore 17-19 April 2013.

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WSBC

A win-win venture for Yennora and UNSW. Energy flow and material flow in ALCOA of Australia Rolled Products – Yennora (ARP) have been monitored and anaylsed. This informaion shows the usage of energy in the system as well as the opportunity of cost saving.

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Wen Li

Wen Li attended AMCRC's INNOVATIVITY® programs early this year, which has been a refressing and inspiring experience for him to think out of the everyday research. In June, he presented his work at the AMCRC PhD symposium in Melbourne. +More Info

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WSBC

As part of the sustainability cockpit project funded by ARC linkage scheme, 10 researchers from JGARG visited ALCOA of Australia Rolled Products – Yennora (ARP) to present and to discuss the current findings of the material and energy flow analysis.

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WSBC

Sustainability for manufacturing in Western Sydney. ARC funding approved for research into carbon footprint measurement.

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Wen Li

The Advanced Manufacturing CRC (AMCRC) PhD Introduction:

Wen Li, a PhD candidate and researcher at LCEM who has sucessfully developed unit process models for predicting energy consumption in manufacturing processes. +More Info

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Dean's Award 2011

PhD student Supachai Vongbunyong was awarded with "Dean's Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research 2011" under the research theme: Digital Future. +More Info

"Green research for a brighter future", The Joint German-Australian Research Group (JGARG) in Australia's Best Manufacturing magazine (Sept 2011).

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WenLi at IWF

The Joint German-Australian Research Group (JGARG) successfully hosted a workshop on Energy and Resource Efficiency in Manufacturing on June 8th, 2011 at the UNSW in Sydney.

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Prospective and exchange students at UNSW

bullet We are seeking highly motivated PhD and master students interested in Life Cycle Engineering and sustainable manufacturing research at The University of New South Wales. +More Info

Activity calendar

bullet The 64th CIRP General Assembly - Nantes, France 24 - 30 Aug 2014 +More Info

bullet The 22nd CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering - Sydney, Australia 7-9 April 2015 +More Info

 

 
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