Simulation and optimization of material and energy flow systems

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Material flow analysis (MFA) becomes more and more an important instrument to support environmental protection and sustainable development. Often, a special approach, life-cycle assessment (LCA), is put on the same level with material flow analysis. Based on the industrial ecology or industrial metabolism paradigm (Fischer-Kowalski 1998, Fischer-Kowalski and Hüttler 1999), we interpret material flow analysis in a broader sense. That makes it possible to simulate, to analyze and, as a subsequent step, to optimize multi-product systems. This contribution shows how simulation and optimization can utilized in the field of material flow analysis. It can be shown that the different approaches are not alternatives. Rather, it is possible to combine them in order to provide a flexible MFA tool-chain. ©2009 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2009 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2009
Number of pages12
PublisherIEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Publication date01.12.2009
Article number5429292
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-5770-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4244-5771-7, 978-1-4244-5772-4
Publication statusPublished - 01.12.2009
Event42nd Winter Simulation Conference - WSC 2009: Energy Alternatives - Austin
Duration: 13.01.200916.01.2009
Conference number: 42