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HIGH RELIABILITY CONNECTIVE DEVICES.
Final rept., no. 5, 1 Feb 64-31 Jul 66,
STANFORD RESEARCH INST MENLO PARK CALIF
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The study established that electrical contacts can be successfully lubricated with solid organic compounds. Octadecylamine hydrochloride ODA.HCl is capable of providing durable low friction sliding on gold and is regarded as a type of solid organic compound that has inherent lubricity, can be sheared easily, but has the ability to support a load. For good durability, the lubricant must be present in reservoirs in the surface of the contacts. A contact lubricant decreases friction and attendant wear, and maintains the integrity of a protective gold or other previous metals platings. Preservation of this plating prevents gross corrosion in sliding contact tracks. Several methods for application of the ODA.HCl to commercial contacts were tested and methods for identifying the presence of the lubricant film were developed. Author
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