The Secret of Friction Hinges & How They Work

January 12, 2024

At Hanaya, we specialize in providing reliable and high-quality hinges for various applications. One of our popular products is friction hinges. We understand that not everyone may be familiar with this unique type of hinge, which is why we are here to shed some light on it. Today, we will explore the fascinating world of friction hinges, their various types, such as standard and adjustable friction hinges, their functions, and how they work.

Friction hinges, also known as torque hinges, are mechanical devices that control the movement of a door, lid, or panel by utilizing mechanical resistance. They use a combination of sliding and rotating motion to hold a door or panel in place at various angles without any external support. Friction hinges can be customized to fit a specific design, making them ideal for a range of applications such as laptops, display monitors, and automotive interiors.

There are two main types of friction hinges—standard and adjustable. The standard friction hinge has a fixed resistance and cannot be adjusted, whereas adjustable friction hinges offer customizable resistance levels. Adjustable friction hinges are ideal for applications where the weight or size of the door or panel to be supported may change over time or when the user wishes to adjust the opening angle of the door.

So how do friction hinges work? In the simplest terms, friction hinges rely on two principal components to function: a rotating component and a sliding component. The two components work against each other to create a torque force that holds the door, lid, or panel in place. The resistance of the hinge is created by the interaction between the sliding and rotating components, which can be manipulated by changing the shape or surface materials of these components.