The research conducted at the laboratory on behalf of sponsors is based on the graduate education mission of the University. Funds are used for the following:

  • + to improve pallet and unit load design and performance
  • + to conduct packaging systems evaluations
  • + to conduct marketing studies analyses

  • The laboratory maintains an extensive research database that includes the performance of driven fasteners, and observations of damage frequency and severity levels occurring in pallets. Our pallet data are vital to researchers developing reliability-based models of pallets, containers, and other related structures.

    Ongoing Research

    + Modeling interactions between pallet and packaging materials to increase the efficiency of packaging systems

    + Modeling the applied stress on the bottom deckboard due to tip-over of packages/products with high aspect ratio during forklift handling

    + Development of a life-cycle inventory for the repair process of wooden pallets

    + Characterization of migration behavior of bis-phenol A using chemiluminecsence assay.

    + Development of gelatin replacement polymer from biomass.

    + Determination of gas barrier property of bio-based co- polyester and traditional plastics

    Past Research

    • + Development of Performance Specifications for Pallets Used in Automated Unit Load Material Handling Equipment
    • + The Effect of Load Bridging on Unit Load Deflection
    • + Optimizing Unit Load Design - A New Systems Approach to Improving Material Handling Efficiency
    • + Vacuum Technology Project Underway at Center to Control Insects in Wood
    • + The Performance of Pallet Joints Made of Structural Composite in Lumber
    • + The Effect of Unit Load Stabilization on Stress Distributions within Palletized Unit Loads when Supported on Conveyors and in Warehouse Racks
    • + The Effect of Unit Load Bridging on Racked and Stacked Block Style Pallets