3.080 Economic & Environmental Issues in Materials Selection

Fall 2005

Image collage of road constuction, airplane, circuit board and car.
Economic and environmental performance affects the materials selection decisions for every type of engineered product. (Clockwise from top left: The Boston, MA Central Artery Project, courtesy of U.S. EPA; aircraft, courtesy of Adrian Pingstone; circuit board; courtesy of Angelo Leithold; hybrid automobile schematic, courtesy of U.S. EPA)

Course Highlights

This course features a selection of lecture notes and assignments.

Course Description

Choice of material has implications throughout the life-cycle of a product, influencing many aspects of economic and environmental performance. This course will provide a survey of methods for evaluating those implications. Lectures will cover topics in material choice concepts, fundamentals of engineering economics, manufacturing economics modeling methods, and life-cycle environmental evaluation.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .xls.

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Prof. Randolph Kirchain

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session