Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emission Comparison of Steel Products with Other Materials
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This paper outlines the background of Life-Cycle Inventory/ Life-Cycle Assessment (LCI/LCA) and reviews an undergraduate design project in progress at the University of Missouri - Rolla (UMR) comparing LCI/LCA of steel products with similar products produced from competing materials. GaBi 4 LCI/LCA software is being used to model LCI/LCA with a demonstration of the use of the software for a typical steelmaking operation.1 Future research utilizing the LCI/LCA methodology is being applied to compare the environmental impact of steel products to other alternative engineering materials. This work involves 13 undergraduate students working in four design teams under a FeMET design grant provided by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and the Association of Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) Foundation.