Limited Rotation Connection Device
Patent, Filed 24 Feb 97, patented 9 Jun 98
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A limited rotation connection device includes a housing defining a central hole extending therethrough and a central shaft extending through the central hole of the housing and being rotatably mounted to the housing, the housing also defining an annular slot surrounding and extending in substantially perpendicular relation to the central shaft. The device also includes an elongated flexible communication element disposed in the annular slot of the housing and having a first opposite end portion mounted to the central shaft and a second opposite end portion mounted to the housing. The communication element is collapsible and expandable upon rotation of the central shaft relative to the housing so as to allow limited rotations of the opposite end portions of the communication element relative to one another before reversing rotation direction becomes necessary. The first opposite end portion of the communication element is connectable to a first external communication device. The second opposite end portion of the communication element is held stationary and is connectable to a second external communication device.
- Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices
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