What’s Next for cardboard?
Posted On August 5, 2021
While the cardboard blocks are ubiquitous today, cardboard still has a lot to teach us.
Now, a team of scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, has taken a closer look at the problem, and have published their results in a recent issue of Nature Communications.
In this study, the researchers examined the impact of different types of cardboard on the formation of large, irregular structures in the air.
To do so, they developed a technique that allowed them to track the air currents that flow through a cardboard structure in real time.
They then tested different cardboard materials and their ability to form the irregular shapes they wanted.
They found that the best material for the project was the highly flexible cardboard made of polypropylene, which they dubbed “leaf-like,” or “leafy” cardboard.
The researchers then looked at the effect of different cardboard sizes on the air flow through the structure.
They also found that, for larger structures, the amount of air pressure needed to form a large-ish structure was proportional to the diameter of the structure, and the smaller the structure the less pressure was needed.
This result is very interesting and potentially important for the future of cardboard.
“We hope that we will be able to apply this to a wider range of shapes,” said study co-author Thomas O’Brien, a researcher at the Berkeley Lab.
“There’s no one specific shape that we can use to make cardboard.
There are lots of different shapes that could be made.”
While it is still unclear how the material will behave as it ages and expands over time, the study suggests that it could be a powerful material in the future.
It is not known what effect the process will have on the materials we use in our everyday life.
The research is published in Nature Communications, a publication of the American Chemical Society.