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dc.contributor.advisorRandolph E. Kirchain, Jr.en_US
dc.contributor.authorDabbas, Hashem Hen_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-11-07T18:49:33Z
dc.date.available2008-11-07T18:49:33Z
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/42992
dc.descriptionThesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, 2007.en_US
dc.description"June 2007."en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 53-54).en_US
dc.description.abstractAluminum is a versatile material that is used frequently in transportation and packaging, two industries with substantial recent growth. The increase in demand for aluminum, however, has outpaced the growth of primary aluminum production. One way to meet this shortfall is the use of secondary, or recycled, materials which provides both economic and environmental benefits. The increased use of secondary materials is limited by numerous factors; one such factor of concern is uncertainty. One form of uncertainty that all producers face is consumer demand; this will be the focus of this study. The two stage recourse optimization model presented in this thesis aims to provide batch planners with a tool to effectively manage raw materials in an uncertain demand environment. This model enhances existing research by increasing the number of demand scenarios considered by an increase in the model's resolution. The two metrics evaluated are scrap purchased and production cost. The batch planning process is affected by a number of assumptions about factor inputs including the model resolution, salvage value, coefficient of variation, scrap cost and compositional constraints. Results show that understanding the influence of these factors provides producers with the insight and ability to effectively manage and mitigate the effects of demand uncertainty in a cost minimization framework.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Hashem H. Dabbas.en_US
dc.format.extent54 leavesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectMaterials Science and Engineering.en_US
dc.titleThe role of demand uncertainty in materials selection : a case study on aluminum recyclingen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.B.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc233639713en_US


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