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dc.contributor.authorClayton II, Anthony Pageen_US
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-11T09:00:18Z
dc.date.available2019-01-11T09:00:18Z
dc.date.issued2019-01-10
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:17319en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/86663
dc.description.abstractPallets are the foundation of unit loads and supply chains. They provide a way to store and transport products in an efficient manner. The load capacity of pallets greatly depends on the type of packages carried by the pallet; however, current pallet design methods do not consider the effect of packages on the load carrying capacity of the pallet. This results in excessive use of materials which reduces the sustainability of unit loads, drives costs up, and creates issues for people in the supply chain. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of a corrugated box's size and head space on pallet deflection and stress distribution on the top of the pallet as a function of pallet stiffness across multiple pallet support conditions. Data analysis identified that box size had a significant effect on the deflection of the pallet. This effect was only significant for warehouse racking across the width and length support conditions. As much as a 53% reduction in pallet deflection was observed for high stiffness pallets supporting corrugated boxes with 25.4 mm headspace when the size was increased from small to large. Meanwhile, no significant effect of box size was found for other supports. The effect of headspace was significant in some scenarios but inconsistent thus more investigation with a larger sample size is recommended. In addition, redistribution of vertical compression stresses towards the supports was observed as a function of the increasing box size. The increased concentration of compression stresses on top of the supports and the resulting lower pallet deflection could significantly increase the actual load carrying capacity of some pallet designs.en_US
dc.format.mediumETDen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectPalletsen_US
dc.subjectUnit Loaden_US
dc.subjectPressure Distributionen_US
dc.subjectLoad Bridgingen_US
dc.subjectCorrugated Boxesen_US
dc.subjectPackagingen_US
dc.titleInvestigation of the Effect of Corrugated Boxes on the Distribution of Compression Stresses on the Top Surface of Wooden Pallets.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentForest Resources and Environmental Conservationen_US
dc.description.degreeMSen_US
thesis.degree.nameMSen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineForest Productsen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairHorvath, Laszloen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberGething, Brad A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBouldin, John Conraden_US


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