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Flexible interconnect cable strain relief facility

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Paul Sprunger

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A cable assembly includes a cable having a core surrounded by a sheath. A cone element has an interior bore receiving the cable core, and has a tapered exterior surface. At least a portion of the cone is received within the cable sheath. A cup has a tapered bore receiving the sheath and the core. A portion of the sheath is captured between the exterior of the cone and the interior of the cup bore. Tension applied to the cable with respect to cup generates compression of the sheath between the cone and cup, and tension is thus transmitted by the sheath without application of radial force to the core. The sheath may include a strength member such as a braided metal wrap, and an elastic jacket, so that the wrap bears the tension, and the jacket returns the sheath to its normal length upon cessation of tension.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective view of a cable terminal assembly according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 2 is a sectional side view of the assembly of FIG.

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FIG. 3 is an exploded perspective view of selected components according to an alternative embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 4 is a sectional side view of the embodiment of FIG.

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Claims

1. A cable assembly comprising:

2. The assembly of claim 1 wherein the cone has a large end and a small end, and the small end extends toward an intermediate portion of the cable and away from a free end of the cable adjacent the cone.

3. The assembly of claim 1 wherein the cup is connected to a housing.

4. The assembly of claim 1 including a connector element defining a bore receiving the cable and rotatably connected to the cup, and having a threaded portion for connection to a housing, such that rotation of the connector element does not twist a cable connected to the cup.

5. The assembly of claim 1 wherein the cone exterior and cup bores are frustoconical surfaces.

6. The assembly of claim 1 wherein the cable sheath includes an outer jacket and an inner shield, and wherein the jacket and shield are clamped together between the cone and cup.

7. The assembly of claim 1 wherein the cone entirely surrounds the core such that it is uninterrupted by a split and resists compression to a smaller diameter.

8. The assembly of claim 1 wherein the cup entirely surrounds the core such that it is uninterrupted by a split and resists expansion to a larger diameter.

9. The assembly of claim 1 wherein the cone has a frustoconical surface, and the portion of the frustoconical surface having the largest diameter comprises the largest diameter portion of the cone.

10. The assembly of claim 2 wherein the cup bore has a small diameter end extending away from the free end.

11. The assembly of claim 4 wherein the connector element includes a resilient flex relief sleeve defining a bore receiving the cable.

12. The assembly of claim 5 wherein the frustoconical surfaces have a common taper angle.

13. The assembly of claim 5 wherein the cone has a taper half angle of less than 10 degrees, such that tension on the cable with respect to the cup generates compression of the sheath between the cone and the cup.

14. A cable assembly comprising:

15. The assembly of claim 14 wherein the cup bore has a small diameter end extending away from the free end.

16. The assembly of claim 14 wherein the cup is connected to a housing.

17. The assembly of claim 14 including a connector element defining a bore receiving the cable and rotatably connected to the cup, and having a threaded portion for connection to a housing, such that rotation of the connector element does not twist a cable connected to the cup.

18. The assembly of claim 14 wherein at least one of the cone exterior surface and cup bore is stepped.

19. The assembly of claim 14 wherein at least one of the cone exterior surface and cup bore includes tapered segments.

20. The assembly of claim 14 wherein the cable sheath includes an outer jacket and an inner shield, and wherein the jacket and shield are clamped together between the cone and cup.

21. The assembly of claim 14 wherein the cone has a tapered surface, and the portion of the tapered surface having the largest diameter comprises the largest diameter portion of the cone.

22. A cable assembly comprising:

23. The cable assembly of claim 22 wherein the cone defines an axis and has a axial length, and wherein the cone has a frustoconical surface extending the entire axial length of the cone.

24. The cable assembly of claim 22 wherein the cup is connected to a housing.

25. The cable assembly of claim 22 including a connector element defining a bore receiving the cable and rotatably connected to the cup, and having a threaded portion for connection to a housing, such that rotation of the connector element does not twist a cable connected to the cup.

26. The cable assembly of claim 22 wherein at least one of the cone exterior surface and cup bore is stepped.