Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Light-Weight Eco-composites, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 3642350372
  • ISBN-13: 9783642350375
  • DDC: 620.192
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 404 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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Miao Guo's PhD thesis provides scientific insights into the environmental issues related to biocomposites based on starch-polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) blends. The author contributes significantly to the methodological issues underlying the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) modelling approach. As well as presenting complete LCA inventories using primary data from a variety of sources, Guo develops a new modelling approach incorporating the process-oriented biogeochemistry model Denitrification-Decomposition (DNDC) into site-specific LCA studies to simulate carbon and nitrogen dynamics in the wheat agro-ecosystem. This thesis addresses important LCA data quality issues by using comprehensive sensitivity and uncertainty analyses and has resulted in a large number of publications in internationally renowned journals.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Front Matter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Other Front Matter.
Supervisor’s Foreword.
1: Introduction.
2: Materials and Methods.
3: LCA of Wheat Agro-Eco-System.
4: LCA Case Studies of Starch-Based Foam.
5: End-of-Life Scenarios.
6: LCA of WBF Products Over Whole Life Cycles.
7: Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analysis.
8: General Discussion and Conclusions.
Appendix A: Pedigree Matrix Method.
Appendix B: Inventory for Crop Rotation.
Appendix C: Inventory for Composting Model.
Appendix D: Landfill Model.
Appendix E: Further Discussion on GWP 100 Profiles of WBF.