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AN IMPROVED HIGH VOLTAGE CONDUCTIVE FIBER FLASH LAMP TRIGGER CONNECTOR

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026831D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 124K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Proposed is a design for a conductive fiber flash lamp trigger connector that replaces the current leaf spring high-voltage connectors which require critical mounting tolerances and involve high tension forces to maintain contact. A carbon fiber pultrusion is used as the base material. The pultrusion process enables solid composites comprised of carbon fibers encases in a resin matrix. When the resin matrix is removed from an end by any of several means, brush like surface can be formed. The brush is then used as an electrical connection for appplying a trigger voltage to a flash lamp envelope.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

AN IMPROVED HIGH VOLTAGE CONDUCTIVE FIBER FLASH LAMP TRIGGER CONNECTOR
Michael D. Borton
Donald
J. Potter

Proposed Classification

U.S. C1.3551228 Int. C1. G03g 15/04

XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL Vol18 So 6 NovembedDecember 1993 591

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AN IMPROVED HIGH VOLTAGE CONDUCTIVE FIBER FLASH

LAMP TRIGGER C 0 NNE CTO R(Cont'd)

Proposed is a design for a conductive fiber flash lamp trigger connector that replaces the current leaf spring high-voltage connectors which require critical mounting tolerances and involve high tension forces to maintain contact. A carbon fiber pultrusion is used as the base material. The pultrusion process enables solid composites comprised of carbon fibers encases in a resin matrix. When the resin matrix is removed from an end by any of several means, brush like surface can be formed. The brush is then used as an electrical connection for appplying a trigger voltage to a flash lamp envelope.

In the figure, it is shown that by positioning the fiber at a nominal location and selecting the proper fiber length, a mounting latitude for the flash lamp is achieved that is in order of a magnitude larger than that attainable with the leaf spring connector. The high-voltage conductive fiber flash lamp trigger connector 10, as shown in the figure, comprises an insulator block 24, a ring terminal 28, a screw 26, a standoff 22 fabricated from a resinous material, such as, for example, phenolic, and a conductive fiber brush 20. The top surface length of the block 24 is indicated as dimension A with an approximate length being about 5.25 inches and the bottom surface length is indicated as dimension F with an approximate length being about 3.85 inches. The total thickness of the block 24 is indicated as dimension B with an approximate thickness of 0.500 inch. Notches are formed at bo...