In the business of packaging engineering, a large consumption of time is placed on evaluating new materials to provide cost savings to a company. This evaluation is made by using test methods such as those found in ASTM D4169-16, which helps to simulate shipping and distribution conditions. A key problem is that this test method can take up to multiple months, and sometimes years to complete. The apparatus created in this study allows for a comparison to be made between currently used films and prospective films in approximately ten hours. This allows for a prescreening of new films to be done before completing full ASTM shipment and distribution testing.This study focuses on coextruded multilayer polymer films and the damage brought upon them in forms of puncture and abrasion through shipment and distribution.
College and Department
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Technology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Decker, Aubrey Jeanette, "Test Method for Predicting Failure Modes in Protective Films" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 7429.
packaging, polymer films, predictive methods, shipping and distribution, abrasion, vibration, impact, puncture, thermoforming