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Predictive Mechanical Performance of Food Cans

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The development of new metal food containers can be a technologically challenging and costly process. Understanding the interplay between the major design characteristics and requirements affecting the product's final structural capability is paramount to achieving an optimum design proposition. As a result, computer‐based simulation has been employed by industry to assess a container's performance under a variety of load conditions, including axial load and panelling of cans. In this paper, the feasibility of a new approach for addressing the effects of design parameters on the structural performance of containers under development is investigated. The evaluation methodology is based on structural testing of stereolithography‐built physical prototypes of a rigid metal container used for coffee packaging. It is shown that the experimentally obtained findings are in accordance to those resulting from computational simulation. This method can be used to support the development of existing and new metal containers. Copyright ©2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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Keywords: container design; food cans; performance evaluation; stereolithography models

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Piraeus, Karaoli and Dimitriou 80 Str., GR-185 34 Piraeus, Greece

Publication date: 2003-01-01

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