Applying design of experiments to evaluate economic feasibility of rare-earth element recovery

Sidi Deng, Jesus Perez-Cardona, Aihua Huang, Yuehwern Yih, Vicki S. Thompson, David W. Reed, Hongyue Jin, John W. Sutherland

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This study applies design of experiments (DOE) methods in the conduct of a techno-economic assessment (TEA) on a newly developed rare-earth element (REE) recovery process. The goal of this effort is to identify main factors that affect the profitability of the process. We construct a factorial design with net profit as the response, where the experimental data are generated by simulation of different scenarios. The effects of different factors and their interactions are determined. Based on these results, a desirable recovery strategy is proposed. It is envisioned that the methods applied in the study can be utilized in other situations to promote the application of TEA in value recovery approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-170
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia CIRP
StatePublished - 2020
Event27th CIRP Life Cycle Engineering Conference, LCE 2020 - Grenoble, France
Duration: May 13 2020May 15 2020


  • Design of experiments
  • Rare-earth element
  • Recycling
  • Techno-economic assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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