Accession Number : ADD014163

Title :   Ball Lock Release Mechanism.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 1 Feb 88, patented 30 May 89,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Tallerino, Charles

Report Date : 30 May 1989

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : An instrumentation package and float are releasably joined to an anchor by a connector that holds the float and anchor together until the anchor impacts the ocean bottom. Upon impact, the inertia of the float and package cause a connector shaft to continue downward motion so that an inwardly biased ball is displaced from a lateral opening in a coaxially located connector housing. After the ball clears the retainer hole and is displaced into bore in the shaft and after the downward inertial travel of the float and package have stopped, the float pulls the shaft free from the connector housing to suspend the package a predetermined distance below the float via a supporting lanyard. An anchoring lanyard is provided to hold the instrumentation package a predetermined length above the anchor so that it is located a set distance above the ocean bottom. Patents, PAT-CL-441.2. (jes)

Descriptors :   *ANCHORS, CONNECTORS, FLOATS, HOUSING(DWELLINGS), INERTIA, INERTIAL SYSTEMS, INSTRUMENTATION, MOTION, OCEAN BOTTOM, PATENTS, RANGE(DISTANCE), SHAFTS(MACHINE ELEMENTS), TRAVEL

Subject Categories : Couplers, Fasteners, and Joints

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE