Rigid containers are widely used to maintain product integrity during transportation and storage; from shipping containers to glass bottles. Paper-based boxes, which first saw use in the late 19th century, are in particularly widespread use due to their excellent strength- to-weight characteristics, low cost, and relative ease of manufacturing. The mechanics of paper, printing, and writing has been widely studied; however, knowledge of basic physical processes that are active during the use of storage boxes is lacking. Since the quantity of units is very high, it is clear that understanding how the structural design and method of use impacts the general quality of a given box is an important question.
In this project, we therefore explore the processes of closing and (by symmetry) opening of a cardboard box. Our focus is on telescoping boxes which are particularly convenient, because they allow products with different form factors to fit into a single storage unit. Moreover, the results extend to other related systems, such as doors, windows, and pistons.
You can read more about our group's work here: www.jensen-research.com
Project available throughout 2021 and 2022.