Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2009, 57, 137-146

https://doi.org/10.11118/actaun200957010137
Published online 2014-10-14

Bending stress modeling of dismountable furniture joints applied with a use of finite element method

Milan Šimek1, Petr Koňas2

1Ústav nábytku, designu a bydlení, Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, Zemědělská 3, 613 00 Brno, Česká republika
2Ústav nauky o dřevě, Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, Zemědělská 3, 613 00 Brno, Česká republika

Presented work focuses on bending moment stress modeling of dismountable furniture joints with a use of Finite Element Method. The joints are created from Minifix and Rondorfix cams combined with non-glued wooden dowels. Laminated particleboard 18 mm of thickness is used as a connected material. The connectors were chosen such as the most applied kind in furniture industry for the case furniture. All gained results were reciprocally compared to each other and also in comparison to experimental testing by the mean of stiffness. The non-linear numerical model of chosen joints was successfully created using the software Ansys Workbench. The detailed analysis of stress distribution in the joint was achieved with non-linear numerical simulation. A relationship between numerical si­mu­la­tion and experimental testing was showed by comparison stiffness tangents. A numerical simulation of RTA joint loads also demonstrated the important role of non-glued dowels in the tested joints. The low strength of particleboard in the tension parallel to surface (internal bond) is the most likely the cause of the joint failure. Results are applicable for strength designing of furniture with the aid of Computer Aided Engineering.

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