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This is a three session module on introduction to performing and interpreting a life cycle analysis using consumer product and pharmaceutical manufacturing examples. Session 1 is an overview of the basic concepts of life cycle analysis. This includes the basics of process modeling and an introduction to environmental impact assessment. Several food and consumer product examples are provided. Session 2 provides a step-by-step tutorial on how to use the environmental assessment software, SimaPro®. Session 3 provides an illustrative example of modeling processes in SimaPro® using the manufacture of the active ingredient in aspirin, acetylsalicylic acid. The module is suitable for any level undergraduate chemical engineering class. The module was prepared by David Hitchcock, Mariano J. Savelski, C. Stewart Slater of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Rowan University. Sponsored by NSF ERC for Structured Organic Particulate Systems.
Department of Chemical Engineering, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
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