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Zhou, J., Hu, C., Hu, S., Yun, H., and Jiang, G. (2012). "Optimization of hinge configuration of furniture doors using finite element analysis," BioRes. 7(4), 5809-5816.

Abstract

The maximum deformation and the stress state of furniture doors with different configurations of hinges were analyzed using finite element analysis with the ultimate purpose of optimizing the hinge configuration. The results showed that the maximum deformation decreased when the end distance ratio (Tp) also decreased. It was concluded that the end distance ratio (Tp) should not be greater than 1/8 when two hinges are mounted. The maximum deformation decreased when the number of mounted hinges was more than two. It is suggested that the number of mounted hinges is three when the dimensions of a furniture door are within normal values, considering the limitations in precision of processing and location. The maximum deformation was least when the middle hinge spacing ratio (Sp) was 1/3 and the mounting hinge number was four. The von Mises stress distribution was uniform within the door, and stress concentration only occurred in the vicinity of the mounted hinges. A material with high modulus of elasticity could contribute to minimizing the maximum deformation.
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