Title page for ETD etd-01202010-020249

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Kuczka, Allan Anthony
URN etd-01202010-020249
Title Conceptual design analysis of a collection and processing system for scrapped catalytic converters
Degree Master of Science
Department Systems Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Reasor, Roderick J. Committee Chair
Blanchard, Benjamin S. Jr. Committee Member
Schmidt, J. William Committee Member
  • Resource recovery facilities
Date of Defense 1991-11-15
Availability restricted

The systems engineering process has been applied to develop and evaluate a system that collects and processes scrapped catalytic converters to recover the platinum group metals retained by the converters' spent catalyst substrate.

A needs analysis establishes a catalytic converter manufacturer's desire to reduce the cost of obtaining platinum group metals used to produce new catalytic converters. The analysis proposes a collection and processing system as an alternative to existing suppliers to provide these metals at a lower cost. The analysis applies the engineering process to develop the system's high-level requirements and devises its components, inter-relationships, and operation. This process establishes a system configuration used to evaluate the system's economic feasibility.

The results of this analysis indicate that the collection and processing system is feasible within the constraints of available technology and economic resources.

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