Browse Prior Art Database

Complex Elastic Fastener

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106909D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 3 page(s) / 78K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Rachui, RA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Described is a universal economical fastener to acoustically shock mount a fan to a structure and mount commercial safety screens over the fan's intake entrance and exit.

This text was extracted from an ASCII text file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 100% of the total text.

Complex Elastic Fastener

       Described is a universal economical fastener to
acoustically shock mount a fan to a structure and mount commercial
safety screens over the fan's intake entrance and exit.

      The one-piece fastener is constructed of an elastic material
with a series of spaced grooves.  The two inner grooves 1,2
physically attach the fan to the fastener.  A secondary groove 3
mounts the fan 4 to the desired host 5. The two outer grooves 6,7
secure the safety screens 8,9 over the fan's intake entrance and
exit.  All attachments are completed by physically pulling the
fastener through provided openings within the fan housing and the
screen structure (see Fig. 1).  When assembled, the fan is
acoustically shock mounted to a structure, with the protective intake
screen and exit screen also acoustically shock mounted.

      An alternate proposal would have a cored hole 10 in both ends
of the fastener where a stud 11 goes through the eyelet of the
commercial protective screen 12,9 and into the hole of the fastener.
Friction of the elastic fastener on the stud(s) securely holds the
protective screen(s) in place (see Fig. 2).

      Another proposal would provide knurled tenons 13 on the grill
guards in place of the studs.  This would allow assembly without
additional fasteners.  The tenons would be pressed into the holes of
the shockmount/fastener providing retention of the grill guards (see
Fig.  3).