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Ball Contact for Multiaxial Load Contact

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107481D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Nothohardjono, BD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a system consisting of a leaf spring and a ball for electrical contact under multiaxial load. Typical use of this system is for a power supply bus bar connection to the main frame computer bus bar. The leaf spring is mounted on the back of the bus bar power supply. The leaf spring provides an electrical contact between the power supply bus bar and the main frame when the ball is depressed (see Figs. 1 and 2). Any lateral load is transferred to the side bus bar and does not damage the contact. To achieve the desirable contact resistance the ball material and the width of the leaf spring can be altered. The leaf spring is connected rigidly to the power supply bus bar.

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Ball Contact for Multiaxial Load Contact

      Disclosed is a system consisting of a leaf spring and a ball
for electrical contact under multiaxial load.  Typical use of this
system is for a power supply bus bar connection to the main frame
computer bus bar.  The leaf spring is mounted on the back of the bus
bar power supply.  The leaf spring provides an electrical contact
between the power supply bus bar and the main frame  when the ball is
depressed (see Figs. 1 and 2).  Any lateral load is transferred to
the side bus bar and does not damage the contact.  To achieve the
desirable contact resistance the ball material and the width of the
leaf spring can be altered.  The leaf spring is connected rigidly to
the power supply bus bar.

      Unlike a pin or other contact, which are prone to damage when
subjected to lateral load, the proposed ball contact is immune to
lateral forces.  See Fig 1.

      Disclosed anonymously.