The Center’s research areas are driven by the needs to the packaging industry and society. Our research team is focusing a wide range of projects including
- Developing of new ways to optimize distribution packaging systems and unit loads by using the physical interaction between the components
- Quantifying and improving the sustainability of distribution packages through the development of life cycle inventories and conducting life cycle analysis
- Conducting feasibility studies and supply chain analyses using the latest technology in smart and connected packaging.
- Development of novel bio-based primary packaging materials
- Conducting market studies of the distribution packaging sector
Most projects are conducted through our Industrial Affiliate Membership Program; however, Sponsored Research projects are also available for more individualized research projects.
In addition to the research projects, the Center maintains an extensive research database that includes articles on subjects such as: the performance of driven fasteners, observations of damage frequency, and damage severity levels occurring in pallets. Our pallet data, in particular, is vital to researchers developing reliability-based models of pallets, containers, and other such related structures.
Recently Published Papers:
- Investigation into the load bridging effect for block class pallets as a function of package size and pallet stiffness
- The effect of pallet top deck stiffness on the compression strength of asymmetrically supported corrugated boxes
- The effect of plastic pails on pallet deflection and pressure distribution for stringer class wooden pallets
- Development of a friction-driven finite element model to simulate the load bridging effect of unit loads stored in warehouse racks
- An investigation of wood pallets landfilled and recovered at US municipal solid waste facilities
- Measurement and analysis of industrial forklift vibration levels for unit load testing purposes