Roberts, M., Hu, Eric and Nahavandi, Saeid 2003, A life cycle inventory of aluminium die casting, in Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technologies, Japan Macro-Engineers Society, [Yokkaichi, Japan], pp. 256-260.
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Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technologies
Macro review. Special issue; 16.1
Asia-Pacific Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technologies
Japan Macro-Engineers Society
Place of publication
As part of an ongoing project, a life cycle inventory (LCI) of aluminium high pressure die casting (HPDC) has been collected. This has been conducted from the view of an individual product and also the entire process. The objective of the study was to analyse the process and suggest changes to reduce environmental impacts. One modem aluminium high pressure die casting plant located in Victoria, Australia was evaluated and modelled. Site specific data on energy and materials was gathered and the process was modelled using a typical automotive component. The paper also presents our experience and methodology used in this inventory data collection process from the real industry for LCA purposes. The inventory data collected itself reveals that the HPDC process is energy intensive and as such the major emissions were from the use of natural gas fired furnaces and from the brown coal derived electricity. It is also found the large environmental benefits of using secondary aluminium over primary aluminium in the HPDC process. A detailed LCA is being cal1ied out based on the inventory obtained.
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