Releasable Electrical Connector.
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON D C
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A releasable electrical connector having a receptacle component and a plug component which can be mated and disconnected by relative rotation between components and can be separated by a straight breakaway force. The receptacle component is provided with bayonet pins that engage semi-circular holes in a spring-biased sleeve positioned in the plug component. One end of the spring-biased sleeve is divided into sections and two opposed sections are permanently bent outwardly at an angle sufficiently large so as to clear the bayonet pins on the receptacle component. The semi-circular holes used for locking the bayonet pins are provided in the bent sections and a boss on the interior surface of the plug component compresses the bent sections to lock the bayonet pins in the semi-circular holes. A breakaway force moves the sleeve outwardly from the boss and, when the bent sections clear the boss, the resilient bent sections spring outwardly to release the bayonet pins. Author
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment