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1. (WO1998052081) UNDERWATER CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY
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Pub. No.: WO/1998/052081 International Application No.: PCT/US1998/009494
Publication Date: 19.11.1998 International Filing Date: 08.05.1998
Chapter 2 Demand Filed: 11.11.1998
IPC:
G02B 6/38 (2006.01) ,H01R 13/523 (2006.01)
G PHYSICS
02
OPTICS
B
OPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS
6
Light guides; Structural details of arrangements comprising light guides and other optical elements, e.g. couplings
24
Coupling light guides
36
Mechanical coupling means
38
having fibre to fibre mating means
H ELECTRICITY
01
BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
R
ELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS
13
Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/7087
46
Bases; Cases
52
Dustproof, splashproof, drip-proof, waterproof, or flameproof cases
523
for use under water
Applicants: OCEAN DESIGN, INC.[US/US]; 9 Aviator Way Ormond Beach, FL 32174, US
Inventors: CAIRNS, James, L.; US
BARLOW, Stewart, M.; US
Agent: PROCTOR, Katherine ; Brown, Martin, Haller & McClain 1660 Union Street San Diego, CA 92101-2926, US
Priority Data:
08/856,92715.05.1997US
Title (EN) UNDERWATER CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY
(FR) ENSEMBLE CONNECTEUR SOUS-MARIN
Abstract:
(EN) An underwater connector assembly includes releasably mateable plug and socket units (22, 20), each unit having at least one bore (26, 72) for receiving an optical or electrical lead (28, 78) connected to a terminal (30, 80) at a forward end of the bore, the terminals being mated when the units are connected together. A shaft (36) extends from one terminal through the bore to form an annular chamber between the shaft and bore. An annular seal (46) of resilient material is mounted in the annular chamber between the shaft and bore. The seal has an inner diameter (49) less than the outer diameter of the shaft and an outer diameter (50) greater than the bore diameter, and engages over a smooth, continuous outer cylindrical surface of the shaft, allowing the shaft to slide relative to the seal on mating of the plug and receptacle units while maintaining sealing engagement between the seal and the shaft.
(FR) Ensemble connecteur sous-marin, comprenant des éléments (22, 20) fiche et douille, pouvant être accouplés de manière amovible. Chaque élément présente au moins un conduit (26, 72) pour recevoir un conducteur (28, 78) optique ou électrique connecté à une borne (30,80) à l'extrémité avant du canal, ces bornes étant accouplées lorsque les éléments sont connectés. Une tige (36) part d'une borne et traverse le conduit de manière à dégager un espace annulaire entre la tige et le conduit. Un joint (46) annulaire formé d'un matériau élastique est installé dans cet espace annulaire formé entre la tige et le conduit. Ce joint présente un diamètre (49) intérieur inférieur au diamètre extérieur de la tige et un diamètre (50) extérieur supérieur au diamètre du conduit, et entre en contact avec la surface externe cylindrique lisse et continue de la tige. La tige peut ainsi glisser relativement au joint lors de l'accouplement des éléments fiche et douille, tandis qu'un contact étanche est maintenu entre le joint et la tige.
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Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)