Processing

Please wait...

Settings

Settings

Goto Application

1. WO2006101731 - ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR HAVING ONE OR MORE ELECTRICAL CONTACT POINTS

Note: Text based on automatic Optical Character Recognition processes. Please use the PDF version for legal matters

[ EN ]

What is claimed is:

1. An electrical connector for providing an electrical connection to an inserted pin, comprising:
a spring made of electrically conductive material;
a loading element attached to said spring and arranged to define an opening for pin insertion, said spring being physically arranged relative to said loading element to create a tension on said loading element; and
at least one conductive wire in electrical communication with said spring, said wire wound around said spring and said loading element to provide one or more electrical contact points radially inward relative to a center of said opening, wherein insertion of the pin tensions said loading element such that said loading element generates a contact force at each contact point.

2. The electrical connector of claim 1, wherein said loading element comprises a nonconductive fiber.

3. The electrical connector of claim 1, wherein said loading element comprises a conductive material.

4. The electrical connector of claim 1, wherein said loading element comprises a metal-plated fiber.

5. The electrical connector of claim 1, wherein said loading element is arranged to form a loop that defines said opening for pin insertion.

6. The electrical connector of claim 1, wherein said loading element is arranged to form a loop that defines said opening for pin insertion, said loop residing in a plane defined by said spring.

7. The electrical connector of claim I5 wherein said spring is substantially "C"-shaped and has a first end and a second end, said loading element having a first end and a second end respectively attached to said first end and said second end of said spring.

8. The electrical connector of claim 1, wherein said spring is substantially "C"-shaped and has a first end and a second end, said loading element is arranged to form a loop that defines said opening for pin insertion, said loading element having a first end and a second end respectively attached to said first end and said second end of said spring, said loop residing in a plane defined by said spring.

9. The electrical connector of claim 1, wherein said spring is substantially "U"-shaped and has a first end and a second end, said loading element having a first end and second end respectively attached to said first end and said second end of said spring.

10. The electrical connector of claim 1, wherein said spring is substantially "U"-shaped and has a first end and a second end, said loading element is arranged to form a loop that defines said opening for pin insertion, said loading element having a first end and a second end respectively attached to said first end and said second end of said spring, said loop residing in a plane defined by said spring.

11. The electrical connector of claim 1, wherein said spring is a helical spring and has a first end and a second end, said loading element having a first end and a second end respectively attached to said first end and said second end of said spring.

12. The electrical connector of claim 1, wherein said spring is a helical spring and has a first end and a second end, said loading element is arranged to form a loop that defines said opening for pin insertion, said loading element having a first end and a second end respectively attached to said first end and said second end of said spring.

13. The electrical connector of claim 1, wherein said spring has a first end and a second end, said loading element is arranged to form a loop that defines said opening for pin insertion, said loading element having a first end and a second end respectively attached to said first end and said second end of said spring, and wherein said first end of said spring approaches said second end of said spring when the pin is inserted through said loop of said loading element.

14. The electrical connector of claim 1, wherein said spring defines a plane, and wherein a depth of said spring as measured perpendicular to said plane is in a range of about 0.005 inches to about 0.040 inches.

15. The electrical connector of claim 1, wherein a perimeter of said opening of said loading element prior to insertion of the pin is less than a perimeter of a transverse cross-section of the pin.

16. The electrical connector of claim 1, wherein said opening of said loading element is configured to receive a pin having a diameter of about 0.005 inches to about 0.200 inches.

17. The electrical connector of claim 1, wherein said at least one conductive wire is terminated onto said spring by at least one of soldering and welding.

18. The electrical connector of claim 1, wherein said contact force generated at each contact point is in a range of about 1.0 gram to about 20.0 grams.

19. The electrical connector of claim 1, wherein said at least one conductive wire is wound around said spring and said loading element to provide ten to twenty contact points.

20. The electrical connector of claim 1, wherein said at least one conductive wire comprises one conductive wire defining a plurality of winds, each wind having said spring and said loading element disposed within said wind.

21. The electrical connector of claim 1, wherein said at least one conductive wire comprises a plurality of conductive wires, each conductive wire defining at least one wind, said at least one wind having said spring and said loading element disposed within said at least one wind.

22. The electrical connector of claim 1, wherein said conductive wire has a diameter in a range of about 0.001 inches to 0.020 inches.

23. The electrical connector of claim 1, further comprising a conductive lead or conductive post attached to said spring and configured for connection to an electrical component.

24. The electrical connector of claim 1, wherein said opening of said loading element is configured to receive a pin having a substantially round mating portion.

25. The electrical connector of claim 1, wherein said opening of said loading element is configured to receive a pin having a mating portion with a curved contact mating surface.

26. A multiple-layer electrical connector for providing an electrical connection to an inserted pin, comprising:
a plurality of electrical connectors, each connector of said plurality of connectors comprising:
a spring made of electrically conductive material;
a loading element attached to said spring and arranged to define an opening for pin insertion, said spring being physically arranged relative to said loading element to create a tension on said loading element; and
at least one conductive wire in electrical communication with said spring, said wire wound around said spring and said loading element to provide one or more electrical contact points radially inward relative to a center of said opening, wherein insertion of the pin tensions said loading element such that said loading element generates a contact force at each contact point; and
wherein said plurality of connectors are arranged along an axis passing through a center of said opening of each said connector.

27. A electrical connector assembly, comprising:
a pin having a mating portion with a contact mating surface; and
an electrical connector, comprising:
a spring made of electrically conductive material;
a loading element attached to said spring and arranged to define an opening for inserting said mating portion of said pin, said spring being physically arranged relative to said loading element to create a tension on said loading element;
at least one conductive wire in electrical communication with said spring, said wire wound around said spring and said loading element to provide one or more electrical contact points radially inward relative to a center of said opening to provide electrical contact to said pin; and
wherein insertion of said mating portion of said pin tensions said loading element such that said loading element generates a contact force between said contact mating surface and said conductive wire at each contact point.