System dynamics analysis of energy usage: Case studies in automotive manufacturing
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Manufacturing Research, ISSN 1750-0591, Vol. 9, no 2, 131-156 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Our life is strongly linked with the usage of natural resources. With increase in world population and welfare there is an increasing global demand for raw material. Energy is a necessity in everyday life and is often generated using non-renewable natural resources which are finite. Manufacturing is one of the largest energy and material resource consumers. There is great concern about minimising consumption of energy in manufacturing industry to sustain the natural carrying capacity of the ecosystem. This is one of the challenges in today’s industrial world. The paper presents the application of system dynamics theory for modelling and simulation of complex manufacturing processes. The simulations help to understand the intricate nature of the interrelation of process parameter and to make sound decision about minimising the energy losses. Two case studies are presented, one in cylinder head casting processes and the other in crankshaft machining. The developed models provide an insight into how to select critical operations and to identify the effect of various parameters on the energy consumption. Also, the models help to understand how changes of parameters over time affect the behaviour of energy changes. The outcome of this research enables the company to identify potential avenues to minimise energy usage and offers a decision support tool.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 9, no 2, 131-156 p.
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-161011DOI: 10.1504/IJMR.2014.062440ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84902212487OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-161011DiVA: diva2:795643
QC 201503172015-03-172015-03-062015-03-17Bibliographically approved