Materials in a
Circular Economy

WEEK #4:
Material Flows
September 24, 2019

Weekly topics

No.DateTopic
✓  0109/03Who are we? What can we do?
✓  0209/10Case study: Digital versus physical media
✓  0309/17Food preparation
0409/24Material Flows
0510/01Major Impactors
0610/08Re-mining Materials
0710/15Re-engineering Materials
0810/22Clothing
0910/29Electronics
1011/05Design for Disassembly
1111/12Buildings
1211/19Transportation
1311/26Convenience
1412/03Business
1512/10Art
1612/17Presentations

Home Work No. 4
9/24 through 10/01
(Prep for Week No.5 - Major Impactors)

HW now emailed to the entire class

Visit the SHARED SPREADSHEET
to sign up for your report this week.


Submit work via email to the entire class by Sunday 9/29 at 11:59PM.

Please separate the thesis work from your other work into unique files.

  1. READINGS: Read, annotate, and be prepared to discuss:
    • Geiser, Kenneth (2001) “Chapter 4: Industrial Materials and the Environment,” Materials Matter. p.89-110
    • Allwood, Julian M. and Jonathan M. Cullen (2015) "Chapter 20: Cement," Sustainable Materials without the Hot Air. p.287-300
    • Allwood, Julian M. and Jonathan M. Cullen (2015) "Chapter 21: Plastic," Sustainable Materials without the Hot Air. p.301-12
  2. THESIS: Revise your abstract based the course feedback. Identify and list (20) potential references you could use as research to understand your thesis. Your references should include academic research papers and books. They should cover the state of the art, historical context, theoretical analysis, and data presentation. Note the publications (maybe they are places to publish your thesis.) Track down the full text of these references, in PDF or otherwise, from the internet, libraries, etc. You will be reading a portion of these references next week, so feel free to get started on them now. Communicate with the class if you have issues finding papers, or would like to suggest helpful resources.
  3. MATERIALS INDEXING:


    Please select a different material to study this week from the following shared document: SHARED SPREADSHEET

    Please augment the materials index for your selected material. Add information to as many of the previous sections as you can. Add sections for the new items.

    Create a google document for the report, starting with uploading/copying and pasting the contribution from last week. Then edit and add your content. This will help us keep track of the changes and collaborate on our work. Share the link for your report with the class along your thesis reference list and updated abstract.

      ADD NEW SECTIONS:
    1. Estimation of current quantity in stock and trade (already extracted)
    2. Historical material usage data (plus present use and future forecasting)
    3. Environmental impacts (extraction, refining, manufacturing, use, discard)
      AUGMENT AND REVISE OLD SECTIONS:
    1. Composition - elemental anaylsis
    2. Molecular structure
    3. Material properities (strength, conductivity, elasticity, reactivity, etc.)
    4. Sources - geographic extraction location (primordial and waste stream)
    5. Extraction processes (environmental destruction, energy use, waste generated, tooling and infrastructure required)
    6. Uses - current and historical
    7. Processing to form stock material
    8. Processing into final products
    9. Life cycle transportation
    10. Packaging
    11. End of life reuse - reclaimability, recyclability, etc.