Towards the Eco-design of a tilting train in Korea: Applying LCA to design alternatives

Abstract : Within the development of a Korean Tilting train including new composite materials, EPFL is contributing to its new design by providing in a consistent way the manufacturing costs assessment and its related environmental impacts. Such environmental expertise is issued from Life Cycle Assessment methods with an innovative Impact Assessment methodology. The Korean Titling Train (*) is one of the first applications of composite materials to structural pieces of a train. This Life Cycle Assessment study is comparing the potential environmental impacts of 1 car-body of a regional train over 25 years made in composite (Carbon fibers) versus the conventional current alternatives based on steel or aluminium. Preliminary results allow to identify major processes determining the life cycle impacts of this one car-body and allow to investigate the advantages of introducing composite in trains. (*) Project undertaken for the KRRI (Korean Railroad Research Institute)
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Isabelle Blanc, Pascale Schwab-Castella, Marcel Gomez-Ferrer, Olivier Jolliet, Bastien Ecabert, et al.. Towards the Eco-design of a tilting train in Korea: Applying LCA to design alternatives. 2nd International Congress with Innovation Fair, Sustainable management in action, SMIA 05, Sep 2005, Genève, Switzerland. 6 p. ⟨hal-00520941⟩

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