The Design Society - Institution of Engineering Designers
DS 74 Proceedings of E&PDE 2012 pages:185-193
International Conference On Engineering And Product Design Education edition:14 location:Antwerp, Belgium date:6-7 September 2012
The first phases of the engineering design process, such as the problem definition, the information gathering and the idea generation phase, are commonly considered as important steps in product development, since up to 70 % of the cost of a product is assumed to be determined within these design processes. Besides limiting the product costs, designers are nowadays forced to reduce the environmental impact and to optimize possible economic gains over the total product lifecycle. Therefore, within this paper a teaching method in the format of a workshop is presented to assist design students to take into account different End-of-Life (EoL) treatment strategies in the front-end of the engineering design process. During the proposed teaching method students are first introduced to common EoL treatment options and thereafter encouraged to apply different design concepts, such as design for (active) disassembly. Also, the results of adopting the proposed teaching method within the Erasmus European Intensive Program (EEIP) “Green products through a multicolored approach”, a multidisciplinary two week workshop that was held at Howest (University College of West-Flanders) in Belgium, are presented in this paper.