Material Substitution for Automotive Applications: A Comparative Life Cycle Analysis

Rosa Di Lorenzo, Fabrizio Micari, Jorge Arinez, David Dornfeld, Laura Marretta

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Lightweight materials have become an important strategy in the automotive industry to enable vehicle weight reduction and reduce fuel consumption. However, when developing specific strategies, the overall benefits of any material should be analyzed throughout its life cycle to comprehend energy/environmental differences that arise during its processing and its final use. A key example is aluminum which despite having great potential in the use phase requires large amounts of energy to process. This paper provides a comparison between aluminum and steel utilizing a life-cycle approach. This approach reveals the importance of incorporating a recycling strategy to leverage aluminum’s low-weight attributes.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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