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A Self-Contained Connector for Providing a Micro-motion Restrain for Shock and Vibration Environments

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236309D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-18
Document File: 4 page(s) / 205K

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Abstract

A self-contained connector is disclosed for providing a micro-motion restrain for shock and vibration environments.

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A Self-Contained Connector for Providing a Micro-motion Restrain for Shock and Vibration Environments

Disclosed is a self-contained connector for providing a micro-motion restrain for shock and vibration environments.

The self-contained connector enables addition of micro-roughness to mating surfaces of two piece connectors in order to provide a restraint for movable bodies during the shock and vibration environments. In this manner, a corresponding lock connector is aligned in a mated position. The micro-roughness is added to the mating surfaces by utilizing an Electric Discharge Machining (EDM) to form a surface of mold wherein a direction of a mold pull is same as that of asperity structures.

The addition of micro-roughness enables a guide feature to provide a rough alignment, and contacts to freely self-align during a mating cycle. During a last portion of a contact mating cycle, micro-roughness engages to provide mechanical interlock of surfaces to perpendicular plane forces. Further, the addition of micro roughness minimizes a mis-registration effect based on size of the micro-roughness. Furthermore, the micro-roughness preloads forces to further engage micro-roughness features and enables fabrication directly into a plastic molding or metal casting tooling to provide surfaces.

The self-contained connector is reusable and remateable and provides minimal impact to a connector mating interface. In addition, the self-contained connector is self-engaging and improves effectiveness of plugging preloads.

The self-contained connector enables movement of retention improvements into connector structures that is essentially free for connector users and packaging modifications.

Fig. 1 illustrates a guide blade preferred surface for the micro-roughness.

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Figure 1

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