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A Combinatorial Packing Algorithm and Standard Trunk Geometry for ISO Luggage Packing

[+] Author Affiliations
Evan Shellshear, Johan S. Carlson, Robert Bohlin

Fraunhofer-Chalmers Research Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden

Paper No. DETC2012-70778, pp. 307-313; 7 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 32nd Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 12–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4501-1
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


Automated packing algorithms for luggage compartments in automobiles are of great interest. The difficulty of automatically computing the volume of a mesh representation of a boot according to the ISO 3832 standard restricts the design of vehicles required to meet minimal trunk volume specifications and also increases the cost of physical and virtual verification of the original design specifications. In our paper we present a new heuristic combinatorial packing algorithm for the ISO luggage packing standard. The algorithm presents numerous advantages over previous algorithms in terms of its simplicity and speed as well as producing high density of packed objects. The algorithm also solves the problem of requiring a fixed grid structure to position discrete objects in the boot and can also be used as an additional optimization on existing algorithms. In addition, we also provide the first comparison of state of the art packing algorithms for a simplified trunk geometry and propose a standard trunk geometry to enable future researchers to compare their results with other packing algorithms.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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