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[en] This book gives descriptions of qualifying subject and test scope like production plan and control, economic feasibility, process management, quality management and operations research, industrial economics like materials and marketing management, production management such as meaning and goals of process management and production plan and control, basic economic concept, official interest and equivalence, and depreciation, and OR concept such as network analysis and PERT CPM and stimulation.
[en] There is a renewed interest in wooden houses in France, and stress is rightly being put on their thermal insulation properties and the low recurrent costs of heating. On the other hand, it is less often realized that there are energy savings that result from the low energy-cost of producing and working with wood and wood-based products. On the basis of analyses and calculations made by one of us in the course of his studies at the E.N.G.R.E.F. (Forestry option), a comparison is made of the quantities of wood products used in various kinds of wooden houses. For each 100 m2 of living space there are used 11-17 m3 of sawn timber (some hardwoods but mainly softwoods), 1,4-3,6 m3 of plywood and 2-6,5 m3 of particleboard. This corresponds to a consumption of round-wood of 24-34,5 m3 of saw logs and 3,5-9,8 m3 of chip-wood and pulp-wood, i.e. 0,3-0,45 m3 round-wood equivalent per square metre. With the help of American eco-energy data (the only available source), numerical values have been obtained for the energy consumed from harvesting the trees to building the houses. For 100 m2 of living space in wooden houses, the expenditure of energy is 1,40-2,40 t oil equivalent, according to the type of house. This is 2,5-4 times less than for houses of steel and cement, of comparable cost and comfort. If it is still needed, this tentative eco-energy analysis supplies one more argument in favour of wooden housing. (authors)
[en] For three sites located in Burundi, Madagascar and Rwanda which have been selected after a previous study, this document reports a feasibility study and the definition of the characteristics of micro geothermal plants which could be installed there. These plants convert thermodynamic energy into mechanical and electric energy, with a recoverable power of 15 kWe. After a description of the operation of such micro-plants (principle, hot water and cold water circuits, exchangers, engine, freon circuit, electric power production, regulation and automatism), and a description of the selected sites (location, physical and chemical characteristics), a pre-sizing is reported (fluid selection, needed water flow rates, components). The report discusses the use of the produced electric power, and reports an assessment of construction costs (site development, plant construction and installation), discusses the exploitation and installation of the plant. Results are globally discussed in terms of thermal and cold water flow rates, of possible electric power, and of chemistry of underground waters. If the operation appears to be technically feasible, the cost appears to be high due to the characteristics of the thermal water temperature