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:
- Life Cycle Inventory Analysis of the Wood Pallet Repair Process in the US
- Investigation of Pallet Stacking Patterns on Unit Load Bridging
- Application of Beam on Elastic Foundation to the Interaction Between a Corrugated Box and Pallet Deckboards
- The Influence of Stretch Wrap Containment Force on Load Bridging in Unit Loads
- Investigation of the Effect of Column Stacked Corrugated Boxes on Load Bridging Using Partial FourWay Stringer Class Wooden Pallets