Considering customer preferences for environmental protection in material selection

Deborah L. Thurston, Shannon M. Lloyd, Joseph Wallace

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This paper presents a method for integrating environmental considerations directly into the material selection process. A design hierarchy is used to perform concurrent multi-attribute material evaluation on the basis of cost, physical properties and customer preferences. A proof-of-concept case study of material selection for beverage containers is presented. The results of a consumer survey are reported. Trade-offs between aluminium, glass and plastic containers are analysed. The price reduction necessary to make plastic competitive with aluminium for a particular market niche is calculated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-209
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials and Design
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994


  • customer preferences
  • environment
  • materials selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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