Sustainability in Engineering Design

1st Edition

Authors: Anthony Johnson Andy Gibson
Paperback ISBN: 9780080993690
eBook ISBN: 9780124045910
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 27th February 2014
Page Count: 442
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Designed for use in engineering design courses, and as a reference for industry professionals learning sustainable design concepts and practical methods, Sustainability in Engineering Design focuses on designers as the driving force behind sustainable products. This book introduces sustainability concepts and explains the application of sustainable methods to the engineering design process.

The book also covers important design topics such as project and team management, client management, performance prediction, and the social and environmental effects of sustainable engineering design. These concepts and methods are supported with a wealth of worked examples, discussion questions, and primary case studies to aid comprehension.

Key Features

  • Applies research-based methods to achieve real-world results for rapidly evolving industry trends
  • Focuses on design engineers as the starting point of creating sustainable design
  • Provides practical methods and design tools to guide engineering designers in creating sustainably designed and engineering products
  • Incorporates all aspects of sustainable engineering design, including the material selection, production, and marketing of products
  • Includes cutting-edge sustainable design model case studies based on the authors' own research and experiences


Product design courses in departments of mechanical engineering and engineering technology; product designers, product engineers, and product team managers.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Foreword
  • Book Synopsis
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Engineering Design: An Overview
    • Abstract
    • 1.1 What Is Design?
    • 1.2 Definition of Design and Overview of the Design Process
    • 1.3 Design Activities
    • 1.4 Design Information
    • 1.5 Design Evolution
    • 1.6 Design Information Output
    • 1.7 Qualities of the Designer
    • 1.8 Attention to Detail
    • 1.9 The Whole Picture
    • 1.10 Classic Engineering Design-to-Manufacture Model
    • 1.11 Overall Design Objectives and the Triple Bottom Line

  • Chapter 2: Design Approach, Philosophy, and Normal Approach Design Model
    • Abstract
    • 2.1 That "Eureka" Moment
    • 2.2 An Historical Approach to Design
    • 2.3 The Design Approach
    • 2.4 Attributes of a Successful Design Engineer
    • 2.5 The Classic Design Approach
    • 2.6 Design Specifications
    • 2.7 Design Phases
    • 2.8 Phase 1
    • 2.9 Phase 2
    • 2.10 Phase 3
    • 2.11 Final Design Specification
    • 2.12 Product Specification
    • 2.13 Prototypes

  • Chapter 3: Sustainability and Its Application Within Engineering Design
    • Abstract
    • 3.1 What Is Sustainability?
    • 3.2 Is Sustainability Achievable?
    • 3.3 Sustainability: Past and Present
    • 3.4 The Classic Design and Manufacture Model
    • 3.5 The Taguchi Approach to Quality Manufacturing
    • 3.6 The Taguchi Analogy Applied to Sustainable Engineering Design
    • 3.7 Sustainable Sourcing (Ecosourcing)
    • 3.8 Design for Sustainable Manufacture (Sustainable Manufacture Value, or SMV)
    • 3.9 Design for Sustainable Use (Sustainable Use Value, or SUV)
    • 3.10 Design for Sustainable Maintenance (Sustainable Maintenance Value, or SMaV)
    • 3.11 Design for Sustainable Disposal (Sustainable Disposa


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About the Author

Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson is an experienced Design Engineer and Educator responsible for Engineering Design in the Department of Engineering and Technology at the University of Huddersfield. He is also a U.K. Chartered Engineer (C. Eng) with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Professor Johnson is a prolific design consultant (with over 400 projects to date), educational consultant, and recent committee member with the British Standards Institute.

Affiliations and Expertise

Design Engineer and Educator responsible for Engineering Design in the Department of Engineering and Technology at the University of Huddersfield

Andy Gibson

Andy Gibson is the Managing Director of Segelocum Ltd, a customer-focused designed education consultancy firm. Andrew has worked in product development and customer liaison, moving on onto export sales and marketing and thence into the management of international subsidiaries of UK-based engineering companies. In recent years, Mr. Gibson has developed a consultancy-based business working with clients to penetrate new markets, focusing on sustainability relating to international trade training.

Affiliations and Expertise

Managing Director of Segelocum Ltd, a customer-focused designed education consultancy firm


"...this book must be read by all engineers regardless of their specializations. It should also be read by all graduating students of engineering as they would be future designers of products and systems." --International Journal of Performability Engineering, September 2014