PhD position at the École des Mines de Saint-Étienne (France)
The research pursued by the PhD student will concern the development of new models and original solution methods for the optimization of planning operations for end-of-life products. It aims at addressing problems dealing with the newly introduced concept of circular economy and greenhouse gas emissions, recently raised by the French government. Companies are currently facing two antagonist objectives. On the one hand, they must ensure a local economic development that creates wealth; on the other hand, they must satisfy environmental constraints related to their production. In this challenging context, one of their major issues is to minimize the consumption and waste of raw materials while limiting the use of non-renewable energies.
Meanwhile, new communicating technologies could provide necessary traceability information about end-oflife products, their state and the state of their components. This information can help organizing and optimizing remanufacturing and disassembly processes. The process of valuing end-of-life products could be economically viable, and therefore valuable from an industrial point of view.
In the light of the above background, this thesis focuses on the use and advantage taking of new communicating technologies in remanufacturing and disassembly systems. The goal is to develop new models and original solution methods for planning remanufacturing and disassembly systems that exploit this new procured information, while satisfying both resource and environmental constraints. The proposed news approaches will be defined and tested with industrial partners.