Materials Selection and Sustainability

We know that sustainability is important, but how do engineers think about it? Are certain materials better from a sustainability standpoint compared to others? What kinds of tools do materials engineers use when given a design prompt for materials selection? In this module, we explore how materials selection plays a role in engineering design and how environmental considerations affect these decisions. We also show how much energy goes into a material throughout its life cycle.

Keywords: Materials selection, design, sustainability, materials life cycle, recycling

Facilities needed: Classroom

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