An Economic Model and Experiments to Understand Aluminum-Cerium Alloy Recycling

Ananth V. Iyer, Heejong Lim, Orlando Rios, Zachary Sims, David Weiss

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Abstract

We provide an economic model to understand the impact of adoption, sorting and pricing of scrap on the recycling of a new aluminum-cerium (AlCe) alloy for use in engine blocks in the automobile industry. The goal of the laboratory portion of this study is to investigate possible effects of cerium contamination on well-established aluminum recycling streams. Our methodology includes three components: (1) focused data gathering from industry supply chain participants, (2) experimental data through laboratory experiments to understand the impact of cerium on existing alloys and (3) an economic model to understand pricing incentives on a recycler’s separation of AlCe engine blocks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-552
Number of pages6
JournalJOM
Volume70
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2018

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