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1. (WO2000059073) FEMALE ELECTRICAL TERMINAL WITH ARC ARRESTING PORTION

Pub. No.:    WO/2000/059073    International Application No.:    PCT/US2000/006554
Publication Date: Oct 5, 2000 International Filing Date: Mar 14, 2000
IPC: H01R 4/24
H01R 13/115
H01R 13/703
Applicants: THE WHITAKER CORPORATION
Inventors: DAVIS, Wayne, S.
WHITEMAN, Robert, N., Jr.
Title: FEMALE ELECTRICAL TERMINAL WITH ARC ARRESTING PORTION
Abstract:
An electrical terminal (20) including a body (22) having first and second connecting portions (30, 50). The first connecting portion (30) includes two beams defining a terminal-receiving slot (44) therebetween. Each beam (32) has a primary contact surface (38) and at least one beam includes a secondary contact surface (40) extending orthogonally into the terminal-receiving slot (44). The primary and secondary contact surfaces on the one beam are spaced both vertically and horizontally from each other. Upon mating a pin terminal (70) to electrical terminal (20) the secondary contact surface (40) engages the pin terminal (70) at a first location (74) thereon defining an electrical arc-arresting region. Upon further insertion the pin terminal (70) engages the primary contact surfaces (38) at second locations (76) thereon spaced at least horizontally from the first locations (74).