Accession Number : ADD003727

Title :   Flexible Tube Section for Gimballed IR detectors.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Ellis,Herbert B

Report Date : 15 Feb 1977

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : This patent describes a flexible tube section for supplying coolant to infrared (IR) detectors mounted in a gimballed system. The tube section is comprised of a plurality of coils and lever arms for supplying coolant to an IR detector mounted on a gimbal telescope and which flexes with the gimballed telescope. The tube section has a fixed attachment loop and a rotating attachment loop connected by three coils providing clearance for the envelope of the gimbal structure and flexing with gimbal rotation. Two of these flexible tube sections are required for supplying coolant across the two gimbal axes.

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Flexible couplings, Tubes, Infrared detectors, Cooling, Gimbals

Subject Categories : Couplers, Fasteners, and Joints

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE