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Friction-Fit Tubular Spacer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000046212D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Welder, JW: AUTHOR

Abstract

Tubular spacer 10 has a friction fit on a shaft or bolt 20 to prevent components, such as 30, from falling apart during assembly or disassembly.

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Friction-Fit Tubular Spacer

Tubular spacer 10 has a friction fit on a shaft or bolt 20 to prevent components, such as 30, from falling apart during assembly or disassembly.

Spacer 10 is made of a flexible plastic or similar material, and has an interior through hole ll of slightly smaller diameter than that of bolt 20. A pair of diametrically opposite slots 12 extends from one end of spacer 10 to a point more than halfway along its length. Another pair of slots 13 extends from the other end to a point more than halfway to the first end. Insertion of bolt 20 into hole 11 stretches slots 12, 13; the resulting circumferential tension in the material of spacer 10 holds it tightly on bolt 20.

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