Creep properties of corrugated fibreboard containers for produce in simulated road transport environment

Eagleton, Danny Geoffrey (1995) Creep properties of corrugated fibreboard containers for produce in simulated road transport environment. Research Master thesis, Victoria University of Technology.


Standard methods for the performance testing of corrugated fibreboard boxes use some static or quasi-static characteristic of the box as the performance indicator. The aim of this project was to develop a performance-based test method for corrugated boxes for fresh horticultural produce, using a dynamic fatigue-type approach. It was hypothesised that a dynamic test is more appropriate for produce packaging due to the relatively dynamic nature of the produce distribution environment. Measurements were made of vibration, shock, temperature, relative humidity, and handling impacts in a typical produce distribution environment, and a dynamic performance test method was developed. It was concluded that this dynamic test method is more sensitive to performance differences between boxes than standard quasi-static methods. The dynamic tests, however, take considerably more time to conduct than standard quasi-static methods and are not suitable for automation. This dynamic test method may have uses in developing a database for the comparison of different box types, however for routine performance testing the quasistatic methods are more appropriate.

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Master of Engineering

Item type Thesis (Research Master thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0910 Manufacturing Engineering
Historical > FOR Classification > 0912 Materials Engineering
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Keywords package testing, corrugated paperboard, material testing, fibreboard, creep, containers, dynamic testing
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