Review and future of active disassembly

John Carrell, Hong Chao Zhang, Derrick Tate, Hua Li

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Disassembly has been widely accepted as a disadvantageous end-of-life activity, but with increasing pressures from directives, such as waste on electrical and electronic equipment, and with increasing pressures to become sustainable disassembly is becoming necessary. Current disassembly methods, including both manual and automated disassembly, need improvements to meet this necessity. This paper will introduce the improvements needed and suggest through literature the validity of active disassembly (AD) to provide these improvements. Past and current research will also be considered to provide a future path for AD. This future path for AD will consider a collaborative effort to solve problems with materials, environmental triggers and costs seen with AD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-264
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2009


  • Active disassembly
  • Active disassembly using smart materials
  • Design for disassembly
  • Disassembly embedded design
  • End-of-life products


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