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Title: Robotic disassembly for increased recovery of strategically important materials from electrical vehicles
Authors: Li, Jie
Barwood, Michael
Rahimifard, Shahin
Keywords: Recycling
Electric vehicle
Robotic disassembly
Automotive electronic component
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: LI, J., BARWOOD, M. and RAHIMIFARD, S., 2018. Robotic disassembly for increased recovery of strategically important materials from electrical vehicles. Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, 50, pp. 203-212.
Abstract: © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. The rapid growth of market share of Electrical Vehicles (EVs) and their increasing amount of electric and electronic components have introduced difficult challenges for future recycling of such vehicles. End of Life Vehicles (ELVs), together with Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), are renowned as an important source of secondary raw materials. In addition, a significant proportion of the hidden value at the End-of-Life (EoL) of the EVs is embedded in the light fractions containing complex material mixtures, i.e. the management of electronic components that has been rarely considered in the scientific literature. The purpose of this paper is to fill this gap through the use of an innovative disassembly approach to identify the profitability of recycling such electronic components. The novel approach, based on the utilisation of a robotic system, disassembles and extracts Strategically Important Materials (SIMs) from EV components, thereby improving the concentration of these materials prior to final recycling and refining processes. This paper presents the challenges in the robotic disassembly of Electrical and Electronic (E & E) components. A case study has also been included to demonstrate that an average 95% of the materials and their associated recovery value could be achieved.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rcim.2017.09.013
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.rcim.2017.09.013
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/27441
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rcim.2017.09.013
ISSN: 0736-5845
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)

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