Life Cycle Assessment Synthesis for a Volume of Lubricating Oil in Marine Applications

Environmental considerations can be an important part of some decision-making procedures, along with other factors such as cost and risk, when weighing multiple alternative product or process choices. Availability of environmental data is crucial for environmental assessments. In marine vessels, lubricating oil use can vary widely between ships with different filtration systems, engine parameters, and oil change scheduling procedures, all of which can be altered to change lube oil usage. This research addresses a need for environmental data for mineral lubricating oil, in the format of a life cycle assessment (LCA) data synthesis based on a case study for the Washington State Ferries. Data are collected and presented separately for engine oil acquisition, use, and disposal, utilizing cross-platform data sourcing including currently existing literature, ferry oil analysis results with simple combustion modeling, and a software tool database. The purpose of this data assembly is to provide decision-makers with a simple source for the impacts of a typical volume of oil throughout its life cycle. The functional unit used is 3.79 liters (one gallon) of oil, which allows for adjustments for oil use by different systems for equivalent functional comparisons between alternatives, lending widespread applicability.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: pp 188-199
  • Monograph Title: Environmental Sustainability in Transportation Infrastructure

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01573441
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784479285
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jul 30 2015 3:02PM