Sustainable Engineering: Concepts, Design and Case Studies
- By David T. Allen, David R. Shonnard
- Published Dec 20, 2011 by Prentice Hall. Part of the Pearson Custom Library: Engineering series.
- Copyright 2012
- Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
- Pages: 240
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 0-13-275654-4
- ISBN-13: 978-0-13-275654-9
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- ISBN-10: 0-13-275657-9
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David T. Allen holds the Melvin H. Gertz Regents Chair in Chemical Engineering at the Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin. His current research involves understanding how anthropogenic emissions perturb complex chemical reaction networks, worsening urban air quality. David R. Shonnard holds the Richard and Bonnie Robbins Chair in Sustainable Materials at Michigan Tech, and directs the Sustainable Futures Institute. His interests include environmentally-conscious chemical process design, life-cycle assessment, environmental transport, bioengineering, and sustainability. Allen and Shonnard co-authored Green Engineering.
Assessing Engineering Designs for Environmental, Economic, and Social Impact
Engineers will play a central role in addressing one of the twenty-first century’s key challenges: the development of new technologies that address societal needs and wants within the constraints imposed by limited natural resources and the need to protect environmental systems.
To create tomorrow’s sustainable products, engineers must carefully consider environmental, economic, and social factors in evaluating their designs. Fortunately, quantitative tools for incorporating sustainability concepts into engineering designs and performance metrics are now emerging. Sustainable Engineering introduces these tools and shows how to apply them.
Building on widely accepted principles they first introduced in Green Engineering, David T. Allen and David R. Shonnard discuss key aspects of designing sustainable systems in any engineering discipline. Their powerful, unified approach integrates essential engineering and quantitative design skills, industry perspectives, and case studies, enabling engineering professionals, educators, and students to incorporate sustainability throughout their work. Coverage includes
- A concise review of the natural resource and environmental challenges engineers face when designing for sustainability
- Analysis and legislative frameworks for addressing environmental issues and sustainability
- Methods for identifying green and sustainable materials
- Principles for improving the sustainability of engineering designs
- Tools for evaluating sustainable designs and monetizing their benefits
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This review is from: Sustainable Engineering: Concepts, Design and Case Studies (Paperback)I got this for a college course in sustainable engineering. I like the author's examples. Life Cycle Assessments are hard to quantify because it's all about where you draw the boundary conditions. I think the author does a great job of not getting too carried away, but including the right amount of components.
Also, the book reads very easy, like a book should. Some engineering books read more like technical journal articles. This book starts from the absolute basics and works up from that.
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Table of Contents
About the Authors xiii
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Sustainability 1
1.1 Introduction 1
1.2 The Magnitude of the Sustainability Challenge 2
1.3 Energy 3
1.4 Materials Use 8
1.5 Environmental Emissions 13
1.6 Summary 27
Chapter 2: Risk and Life-Cycle Frameworks for Sustainability 35
2.1 Introduction 35
2.2 Risk 35
2.3 Life-Cycle Frameworks 42
2.4 Life-Cycle Assessment Tools 55
2.5 Summary 57
Appendix: Readily Available Hazard References 61
Chapter 3: Environmental Law and Regulation 65
3.1 Introduction 65
3.2 Nine Prominent Federal Environmental Statutes 68
3.3 Evolution of Regulatory and Voluntary Programs from End-of-Pipe to Pollution Prevention and Sustainability 72
3.4 Pollution Prevention Concepts and Terminology 73
3.5 Environmental Law and Sustainability 74
Chapter 4: Green, Sustainable Materials 91
4.1 Introduction 91
4.2 Environmental and Natural Resource Use Footprints of Material Extraction and Refining 91
4.3 Tracking Material Flows in Engineered Systems 99
4.4 Environmental Releases 107
4.5 Summary 114
Chapter 5: Design for Sustainability: Economic, Environmental, and Social Indicators 117
5.1 Introduction 117
5.2 Sustainable Engineering Design Principles 118
5.3 Economic Performance Indicators 126
5.4 Environmental Performance Indicators 133
5.5 Social Performance Indicators 146
5.6 Summary 149
Chapter 6: Case Studies 165
6.1 Introduction 165
6.2 Biofuels for Transportation 166
6.3 Transportation, Logistics, and Supply Chains 181
6.4 Sustainable Built Environments 186
6.5 Additional Case Studies 201
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