Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/10216/103110
Author(s): Pouya Samani
Adélio Mendes
Vítor Leal
João Miranda Guedes
Nuno Correia
Title: A sustainability assessment of advanced materials for novel housing solutions
Issue Date: 2015
Abstract: Material selection is a key step in product design and typically aims at identifying the most suitablematerial that meets product performance goals at minimum cost. In recent years research has beendriven for developing sustainable solutions at competitive costs. This work evaluates the sustainability ofadvanced sandwich-structured composites for novel housing solutions. Five polymer matrix compositesandwich materials have been selected and compared concerning mechanical, thermal, acoustic and fireperformance as well as cost and environmental impact, in order to study both the technical viability andthe sustainability of lightweight solutions for prefabricated structural wall panels as well as for newhousing; this included mechanical and fire testing of the selected materials. Subsequently, the thermaland acoustic properties of the alternatives were obtained. After performing a cost analysis and environmental assessment, the results of the tests and analyses led to a multi-criteria decision analysis(MCDA); PROMETHEE II (preference ranking organizational method for enrichment evaluation) was usedto identify the best alternative. Finally the proposed solution was compared with a typical brick houseperformance. Higher specific strength, better thermal insulation and lower environmental impacts aroseas the main advantages of the proposed structures while acoustic properties and fire safety still need tobe improved.
Subject: Engenharia química, Engenharia química
Chemical engineering, Chemical engineering
Scientific areas: Ciências da engenharia e tecnologias::Engenharia química
Engineering and technology::Chemical engineering
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10216/103110
Related Information: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia/Projetos Estratégicos/UID/EQU/00511/2013 - POCI-01-0145-FEDER-006939/Laboratório de Engenharia de Processos, Ambiente, Biotecnologia e Energia/LEPABE
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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