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Fiber-Optic Cable Strain Relief Clamp

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000035367D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 70K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Mullady, RK: AUTHOR

Abstract

This strain relief design is based on the "claim cleat" or "jam cleat" principle option seen on sailboats for securing lines.

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Fiber-Optic Cable Strain Relief Clamp

This strain relief design is based on the "claim cleat" or "jam cleat" principle option seen on sailboats for securing lines.

Figs. 1-3 show top, side and end views of a single clamp. The primary design feature of this claim is a V-shaped groove 10, the side walls of which contain ribs 12 are set at an angle to the base 14. These features can be provided in a single unit to hold one cable 16 as shown in phantom line in Fig. 4, or combined in multiples 12a-12d (Fig. 5) to hold many cables in a parallel array (not shown).

The clamp works as follows: The cable is simply pressed into the V groove 10 with moderate pressure. If the cable is then pulled from the left as shown in Figs. 1, 2, 4 and 5, the ribs 12 (12a-12l in Fig. 5) will force the cable deeper into the V groove 10 (10a-101 in Fig. 5), thus increasing the holding strength of the clamp. To release the cable, the cable is pulled in the opposite direction, up and away from the clamp.

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Since the cable position adapts to the clamp position instead of vice versa, the clamp has no moving parts and can be of simple and sturdy construction.

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