Title: Closed and Open Loop Recycling of Aluminium: A Life Cycle Assessment perspective
Authors: Paraskevas, Dimos ×
Kellens, Karel
Renaldi, Renaldi
Dewulf, Wim
Duflou, Joost #
Issue Date: 23-Sep-2013
Publisher: Technische Universität Berlin
Host Document: , Proceedings of the 11th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing - Innovative Solutions pages:305-310
Conference: Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing edition:11 location:Berlin date:23-25 September 2013
Abstract: Compared to other base metals, the refining options for aluminium during the final metallurgical recycling stage are very limited. These limited melt purification options, along with the relatively large number of alloys and the accumulation of alloying and foreign elements during the different life cycle stages, force the aluminium industry to operate in a cascade recycling chain. A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) based,resource oriented approach, is presented in order to: i) assess the environmental impact calculation during aluminium recycling, ii) examine the scrap recycling loops and iii) express and quantify dilution and quality losses during recycling. Finally, this paper discusses, from an environmental point of view, strategies and opportunities for improved recycling as well as opportunities for more sustainable scrap management.Case studies focusing on major post-consumer scrap streams are examined based on their environmental performance in two different recycling scenarios.
ISBN: 978-3-7983-2609-5
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:Centre for Industrial Management / Traffic & Infrastructure
Mechanical Engineering Technology TC, Campus Group T Leuven
Technologiecluster Werktuigkundige Industriƫle Ingenieurstechnieken
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