The use of thermodynamics analysis such as Exergy method as sustainability evaluation tool offers an interdisciplinary methodology to analyze the manufacturing systems and technologies. It is observed that a large quantity of available energy during the transformation process is inherently diminished and low quality energy will do the work. Drastic change in an approach towards developing new models of energy transformational approaches is mandatory if a sustainable development is to be achieved through improvements of resources use. These changes may be guided by an insight obtained through thermodynamics metrics studies.
This project will aim to answer the following questions within the entire process chain of manufacturing of electronic assemblies:
- Analysis of the energy and material consumption per process step or per component
- Development of methods for resource consumption measurement
- Determination of a theoretical, physically-based minimum for the consumption of resources per process
- Development of control methods for energy and resource optimization