A thermodynamic framework for analyzing and improving manufacturing processes

Matthew Branham, Timothy G. Gutowski, Alissa Jones, Dusan P. Sekulic

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Abstract

In this paper, we present the formulation of a framework for the quantitative thermodynamic analysis of manufacturing processes and systems. Since manufacturing typically involves the input of high-quality material/energy and/or dissipation of low-quality energy/waste to manipulate a material, an approach that combines both the first and the second laws of thermodynamics is appropriate. This formulation helps emphasize that the improvement of manufacturing processes and systems is more a question of both utilizing the quantity and conserving the quality of energy than merely conserving energy. We conclude with two examples of its application, the first a comparison of metal casting technologies and the second a contrast between high-throughput CNC machining and a slower process rate grinding operation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2008 16th IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment, ISEE
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 16th IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment, ISEE - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: May 19 2008May 22 2008

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment

Conference

Conference2008 16th IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment, ISEE
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period5/19/085/22/08

Keywords

  • Exergy
  • Manufacturing
  • Thermodynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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