Accession Number : AD0653847

Title :   HIGH RELIABILITY CONNECTIVE DEVICES.

Descriptive Note : Final rept., no. 5, 1 Feb 64-31 Jul 66,

Corporate Author : STANFORD RESEARCH INST MENLO PARK CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Steinberg,Gunther ; Garrison,Marvin

Report Date : JUN 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 164

Abstract : The study established that electrical contacts can be successfully lubricated with solid organic compounds. Octadecylamine hydrochloride (ODA.HCl) is capable of providing durable low friction sliding on gold and is regarded as a type of solid organic compound that has inherent lubricity, can be sheared easily, but has the ability to support a load. For good durability, the lubricant must be present in reservoirs in the surface of the contacts. A contact lubricant decreases friction and attendant wear, and maintains the integrity of a protective gold (or other previous metals) platings. Preservation of this plating prevents gross corrosion in sliding contact tracks. Several methods for application of the ODA.HCl to commercial contacts were tested and methods for identifying the presence of the lubricant film were developed. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SLIDING CONTACTS, LUBRICATION), (*LUBRICANTS, FILMS), ELECTRIC CONNECTORS, FRICTION, SOLIDS, ORGANIC COMPOUNDS, GOLD, WEAR RESISTANCE, METAL COATINGS, RELIABILITY, SURFACES

Subject Categories : Electrical and Electronic Equipment
      Lubricants and Hydraulic Fluids

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE