In the paperboard packaging industry, which requires high quality graphics and an attractive package, F-flute is well positioned for increased market growth. F-flute has the potential for revolutionizing both corrugated containers and folding cartons. It is the merger of these two technologies, the strength of corrugated combined with the quality printing and structural design of the folding carton, that provide the unique characteristics of stacking strength, low weight and stiffness, F-flute is gaining widespread attention as an alternative to paperboard folding cartons. There are few quantitative studies on F-flute to support the arguments that F-flute box provides better packaging attributes and applications than folding carton. Consequently, this study investigates F-flute capabilities to provide quantitative box performance data and a comprehensive understanding of F-flute in order to compare it with heavyweight folding cartons. The purpose of this study was to compare the structural integrity in terms of material stiffness and box compression strength between two types of F-flute boxes and two types of heavyweight folding cartons. From the experiment, it was found that F-flute provides stronger structural integrity than heavyweight paperboard in term of stiffness and box compression strength. As a result, it is feasible to substitute F-flute boxes for heavyweight folding cartons in packaging application.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Corrugated paperboard; Packaging--Materials--Research

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Department, Program, or Center

Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology (CAST)


Goodwin, Daniel

Advisor/Committee Member

Jacobs, Deanna


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