The dynamic characteristics of a six bar hinge mechanism as used in home cabinets were investigated using the method of equation of motion. The derived equations of motion were numerically solved and the motion of the hinge mechanism was simulated. The influence of mass and width of the cabinet door on the dynamic characteristics of the hinge mechanism as well as the effect of the hinge number on the force applied on the handle were also investigated. The experimental and simulation results showed good agreement with an error of under 2%, which validated the simulation results. The proposed approach can be used by hinge manufacturers for the design and analysis of similar hinge mechanisms.

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