Life cycle assessment of a SAW filter

Mohan, Deepu (2006) Life cycle assessment of a SAW filter. [USQ Project]

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The environmental implications associated with microelectronic products are significant. Most of the environmental impacts occur during the manufacturing stage which involves intricate and environmentally sensitive processes. This research project was carried out to assess and appreciate the environmental performance of a typical microelectronic product through a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). A Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) filter was chosen as the functional unit of this LCA study. All the processes involved in the manufacturing of a SAW filter were identified and analysed in detail. Process clusters were developed for the ease of data collection. Using these clusters as a basis, life cycle inventory data was quantified and is tabulated in this dissertation. The quantified inventory data was analysed using a demonstration version of Simapro 7.0 software. Impact assessment method, ‘Eco-indicator 99’ was chosen for the analysis and the results for some of impact categories are presented. Life cycle interpretation was conducted to establish validity and reliability of the inventory and impact assessment results. Environmentally culpable processes and inventory items have been highlighted and finally, some recommendations have been made based on the results of this LCA.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Supervisors: Rod Smith
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:09
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2013 06:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: life cycle assessment (LCA); surface acousitc wave (SAW); front of line (FOL); end of line (EOL); environment
Fields of Research (2008): 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment
09 Engineering > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090702 Environmental Engineering Modelling
Fields of Research (2020): 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410402 Environmental assessment and monitoring
40 ENGINEERING > 4011 Environmental engineering > 401199 Environmental engineering not elsewhere classified

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