By john. Door. Published at Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 - 08:49:13 AM.
Scissor doors : Scissor doors (also wing doors, beetle-wing doors, turtle doors, switchblade doors, swing-up doors, Lamborghini doors, and Lambo doors) are automobile doors that rotate vertically at a fixed hinge at the front of the door, rather than outward as with a conventional door.
Hinge terminology : Components : Pin The rod that holds the leaves together, inside the knuckle. Knuckle The hollow—typically circular—portion creating the joint of the hinge through which the pin is set. The knuckles of either leaf typically alternate and interlock with the pin passing through all of them. (aka. loop, joint, node or curl) Leaf The portions (typically two) that extend laterally from the knuckle and typically revolve around the pin. Characteristics End Play Axial movement between the leaves along the axis of the pin. This motion allows the leaves to rotate without binding and is determined by the typical distance between knuckles (knuckle gap) when both edges of the leaves are aligned. Gauge Thickness of the leaves. Hinge Width Length from the outer edge of one leaf to the outer edge of the other leaf, perpendicularly across the pin(aka open width). Hinge Length The length of the leaves parallel to the pin. Knuckle Length The typical length of an individual knuckle parallel to the pin. Leaf Width Length from the center of the pin to the outer edge of the leaf. Pitch Distance from the end of a knuckle to the same edge of its adjacent knuckle on the same leaf Slop A colloquialism referring to loose angular movement of the leaves relative to the pin.
Suicide door : A suicide door is the slang term for an automobile door hinged at its rear rather than the front. Such doors were originally used on horse-drawn carriages, but are rarely found on modern vehicles, primarily because they are widely perceived as being unsafe. Popularized in the custom car trade, the term is avoided by major automobile manufacturers in favor of alternatives such as coach doors (Rolls-Royce), FlexDoors (Opel), freestyle doors (Mazda), rear access door (Saturn), and rear-hinged doors (preferred technical term).
Car Door General design : Unlike other types of doors, the exterior side of the vehicle door contrasts in its design and finish from its interior side (the interior part is typically equipped with a door card (in British English) or a door panel (in American English) that has decorative and functional features. The exterior side of the door is designed of steel or other material like the rest of the vehicles exterior. In addition, its decorative appearance, typically colored with a design, is intended to match with the rest of the vehicles exterior, the central purpose being to add to the overall aesthetic appeal of the vehicle exterior. A vehicle typically has two types of doors: front doors and rear doors. Loosely related are: vehicle hoodsand vehicle trunk lids. There are also doors known as a hatch (see door categorization below) A major safety issue with opened vehicle doors is the assumption at night vehicle doors can provide a warning to other vehicle drivers. Unfortunately it is estimated over 50 percent of all vehicle doors have nothing applied to the interior of the vehicle door such as light and/or a reflector. Unfortunately these devices need not meet any US Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards since no standards apply. To make matters worse it was reported by the Fatal Accident Reporting System that in the year 2014 not one single death was reported with a person outside the opened vehicle door at night in the entire United States of America. New safety technology such as providing to the lower interior edge of the vehicle door a highly reflective tape provides the ability of other vehicle drivers to see the opened vehicle door at night ( see US Patent No. 9,308,859 for details including diagrams of a typical application ).
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