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A study has been performed to explore the alternative experimental methods of measuring a maximum load of the carton bottom before failure occurs, to compare the box bottom strength with various design, to indicate some influences of box bottom design on maximum box strength, and also to establish some design guidelines for structural designers. This study consists of three experiments: measuring by using ball bearings, measuring by using Universal Testing machine with pulling at the center of the bottom panels, and measuring by using Universal Testing machine with pulling near the lock of the bottom panels. Evaluation of alternative methodologies, analysis of design influences of box failure and synthesis of the carton bottom design guidelines are conducted, respectively.
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