In case you need a break from pre-superbowl hype, check out this research on how corrugated cardboard boxes stacked up very high in warehouses burns. They looked at cardboard boxes filled with Styrofoam cups. With warehouse fires, the trick is to get the fire out while just the outsides of the cardboard boxes is burning. Once the contents of the boxes catch fire, it's much harder to get the fire out. And this is why the researchers are studying how cardboard boxes burn...if you know exactly how they burn, you can set up better systems for getting the fires out before they get out of control.
Read the full story on the Jacobs School of Engineering news site:
UC San Diego Engineers Play Role in Warehouse Fire Safety
Check out the short video clip from YouTube embedded below.