Responsible Consumption and Production

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Material Flow Analysis

  • Hasse NylundEmail author
  • Minna Lanz
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71062-4_8-1

Synonyms

Definition

Material flow analysis is the study of well-defined process chains where raw materials are transformed into goods and products that are consumed or used by end users or customers.

Introduction

In this entry, material in material flow is understood as goods or products that are consumed or used by customers. The focus is on industrial systems and flow of materials in industrial supply chains. The material flow is described with activities, the individual steps, as well as a process that consists of several of the individual steps of activities.

Encyclopedia Britannica (2018) defines material as “the elements, constituents, or substance of which something is composed or can be made.” Similarly, Rhee (2008) defines material to physical matter that is used to produce an object, which typically is some kind of product. Material can also be divided into substances and goods, where a substance is a single type of material,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering and Natural SciencesTampere UniversityTampereFinland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ulla Saari
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept of Industrial Management, Center for Innovation and Technology ResearchTampere UniversityTampereFinland