A software platform to support an integrated eco-design methodology
Today the consideration of environmental issues is essential in relation to companies’ sustainability policy. The literature review reveals that ecodesign is not an easy viewpoint to integrate due to its specificities. Despite the great number of existing tools and methods, companies still encounter difficulties for implementing ecodesign in their design process. This research work aims at providing a combined solution including a methodology supported by a software platform. The methodology guides the design team through a series of steps to realize in the design process. And, to manage ecodesign activities, we defined the structure of a software platform gathering the necessary tools for the design team: tools for the design of the product life cycle, an assessment tool for the cost and the environmental impacts, a guidance tool based on ecodesign rules and case studies, a monitoring tool for the project indicators, and databases in relation with the model of the product and its life cycle. The results of two industrial experiments demonstrate the validity of our proposition. However, a limit of the platform has been identified during the second case study. A third experiment has therefore been realised during a workshop in an international conference to tackle this point.
M. Dominique MILLET - Professeur, Université de Toulon, Rapporteur M. Lionel ROUCOULES - Professeur, Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Rapporteur Mme Nadège TROUSSIER - Professeur, Université de Technologie de Troyes, Examinateur M. Michele GERMANI - Professeur, Universita Politecnica delle Marche (It), Examinateur Mme Tracy BHAMRA - Professeur, Loughborough University (UK), Examinateur Mme Peggy ZWOLINSKI - Professeur, Université de Grenoble Alpes, Directrice de thèse
How to support the integration of eco-design activities in a design team, knowing that numerous expertises are addressed by the environmental concerns?
Define an eco-design methodology including environmental assessments and product improving process. This methodology will be supported by an engineering platform of which the use will be specified. The integration keys of the methodology and the platform will be examined.