Accession Number : ADA182359

Title :   Improved Connectors and Cables for Rapid Deployment Battlefield Power Systems. Phase 1.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : KOFORD ENGINEERING ADDISON IL

Personal Author(s) : Koford, Stuart

PDF Url : ADA182359

Report Date : 04 Apr 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 79

Abstract : Increased usage of electrical power in new sophisticated battlefield weapons systems and equipment in conjunction with the desire to reduce the number of generator sets in the field increases the need for improved electrical power distribution systems. These electrical systems should provide reduced weight, more rapid deployment/redeployment, and improved durability under outdoor field conditions than current connector and cable systems in use for these applications. Improved connectors and cables are the key to achieving a rapidly deployable battlefield power system. Difficulties with the current high power circular connectors include, aluminum housings which dent and corrode, connectors which are heavy and bulky, thread on connection which is slow and awkward to use, silver contact plating exhibits poor environmental resistance over the long term and is limited to a relatively low number of insertions and withdraw cycles before wear thru occurs. The currently used round cable suffers from a lack of resistance to drive over damage, is heavy, and is develop design concepts for a new generation of interconnect system which provide a significant performance improvement over the current generation of equipment. The basis of this concept is a thermoplastic extruded flat cable which provides drive over capability without damage, and which also make coiling the cable easy.

Descriptors :   *ELECTRIC CONNECTORS, *ELECTRIC CABLES, ALUMINUM, HOUSINGS, CABLES, DAMAGE, ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT, CIRCULAR, CONNECTORS, HIGH POWER, FIELD CONDITIONS, BATTLEFIELDS, WEAPON SYSTEMS, DEPLOYMENT, POWER, ELECTRIC POWER, ENVIRONMENTS, RESISTANCE, GENERATORS, POWER DISTRIBUTION, POWER EQUIPMENT, GROUND TRAFFIC, RAPID DEPLOYMENT, PLATING, SILVER, WEIGHT REDUCTION, CABLES, EXTRUSION, THERMOPLASTIC RESINS

Subject Categories : Electric Power Production and Distribution

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE