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1. WO2020108764 - CONNECTOR SOCKET, CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY, COOLING PLATE AND COOLING SYSTEM INCLUDING A CONNECTOR SOCKET

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Claims

1. Connector socket for connecting a spigot (12) to an ori fice (10a) , said connector socket including a sheet metal plate (10) with said orifice (10a) and a protruding collar structure (16) surrounding said orifice (10a),

characterized in that

said collar structure (16) is integrally made of the sheet metal of said sheet metal plate (10) by a sheet metal form ing process.

2. Connector socket according to claim 1,

characterized in that

the collar structure (16) is configured to receive a male end of said spigot (12) .

3. Connector socket according to claim 1 or 2,

characterized by further including connector means (14) in cluding a ring-shaped snap-on module (18) configured to be fitted over the collar structure (16), said snap-on mod ule (18) including a cylindrical insertion part (18a) con figured to be inserted into the orifice (10a), wherein a remote end of the cylindrical insertion part (18a) in the insertion direction is provided with first snap-on struc tures engaging with the collar structure (16) .

4. Connector socket according to claim 3,

characterized in that

the connector means (14) is configured to create a snap- lock connection with both the collar structure (16) and with the male end of the spigot (12) .

5. Connector socket according to claim 3 or 4,

characterized in that

the cylindrical inner wall of the insertion part (18a) of the ring-shaped snap-on module (18) is provided a with a notch configured to receive a first O-ring (20) .

6. Connector socket according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that

an inner circumference of the collar structure (16) in cludes a structure configured to support an 0-ring to be arranged between collar structure (16) and the outer wall of the insertion part (18a) .

7. Connector socket according to one of the preceding claims, characterized by

further comprising a second 0-ring (22) provided around an outer wall of the collar structure (16) .

8. Connector socket according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that

the collar structure (16) is a cylindrical double layer structure with a rim being arranged on the inside of the collar structure (16) .

9. Connector socket according claim 8,

characterized in that

the cylindrical double layer structure obtained by folding the sheet metal back.

10. Connector assembly including a connector socket according to claim 3 or according to claim 3 and one of claims 4 - 7 and said spigot (12),

characterized in that

the male end of said spigot (12) includes at least one latching structure on a radial outside surface, said latch ing structures being configured to interact with corre sponding latching structures on a cylindrical inner surface of said connector means (14) .

11. Connector assembly according to claim 10,

characterized in that

said latching structure on the radial outside surface of the end portion of the spigot (12) is configured to engage around a rim of the cylindrical inner surface of said con nector means (14) .

12. Connector assembly according to claim 11,

characterized in that

the cylindrical inner surface of said connector means (14) is a cylindrical inner surface of said ring-shaped snap-on module (18) .

13. Connector assembly according to one of claims 10 - 12,

characterized in that

the engagement of the cylindrical insertion part (18a) with the collar structure (16) is locked by the insertion of said male end of said spigot (12) .

14. Cooling plate, heat exchanger or battery plate assembly in cluding connector socket according to one of claims 1 - 9 or a connector assembly according to one of claims 10 - 13.

15. Cooling system, in particular for battery assemblies, in- eluding connector socket according to one of claims 1 - 9 or a connector assembly according to one of claims 10 - 13.