Material Flow Management


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ModulMaterial Flow Management
Semester/RhytmusWiSe 2018/2019


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Daniela Thrän

Dr. Alberto Bezama


Vorlesung: Mittwoch 15:15 - 17:45

(wöchentlich, ab dem 24.10.2018)


Vorlesung mit integrieter Übung: 1.Etage, Seminarraum 13 von 15:15 - 17:45 Uhr


Erwartete Grundkenntnisse

There are no special requirements for this course.

Ziel der Veranstaltung

The module presents an introduction to the main theoretical and practical
concepts of the current methodologies used for an appropriate management of material flows. In particular, the module will focus on Life Cycle Assessment,
considered as the basis for the state-of-the-art methodologies for the
evaluation of potential impacts arising from products, processes and services.
The module will provide the methodological basis of LCA according to the
standard ISO norms, whilst at the same time providing practical examples for
applying the methods for inventory analysis and the subsequent impact
assessment models.

Inhalt der Veranstaltung

Process optimization and material flow management have been key issues
in the recent industrial development, which has taken into account not only
economic aspects, but also a series of environmental, social as well as
further national and international strategies, such as cleaner production and
stricter waste management legislations.A key aspect for this development
has been the introduction of prediction models which can envisage the
various effects of the products alongside their whole value-added chains.

In this regard, life cycle assessment (LCA) has been an influential tool for
evaluating the potential environmental effects of products, processes and
services. It has been employed not only in industrial management, but also
in areas such as natural sciences and as an aid for decision makers when
tackling political issues.LCA ’s procedure is defined and standardized in
the ISO 14040 and 14044 norms, making it possible to estimate the
potential environmental impacts arising from the manufacturing process of a
product, as well as to identify potential vulnerabilities, risks and
optimization potentials during its whole life cycle.

The module is organized with a lecture-workshop scope. Each step of the
LCA methodology will be presented in theory lectures, followed by applied
activities where several examples and study cases will be solved.


5 credit points.

Credit points will be awarded for the successful competition of the module. Details will be dealt with according to the examination regulations.


The module can be used within the following courses:

 • International Joint Master Programme in Sustainable Development

 • Management Sciences

 • Economics

 • Geography


letzte Änderung: 18.10.2018 


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