Contactor assembly for a circuit breaker

  • US 20060077022A1
  • Filed: 09/30/2005
  • Published: 04/13/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/07/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A contactor assembly for a circuit breaker comprising:

  • a U-shaped first fixed contactor connected to a power source on an electric circuit;

    a U-shaped second fixed contactor connected to an electric load on the circuit;

    a movable contactor having contacts at both ends thereof, the contacts respectively corresponding to the first fixed contactor and the second fixed contactor, and movable to a contacted position to the first and second fixed contactors or a separated position from the first and second fixed contactors;

    a shaft provided with an opening for allowing independent rotating of the movable contactor by an electromagnetic repulsive force between the movable contactor and the first and second fixed contactors, for rotatably supporting the movable contactor;

    a pair of first spring supporting pins symmetrically fixed on both lateral surfaces of the movable contactor;

    a cam plate positioned between the movable contactor and the shaft, fixed to the shaft, and having an outer circumferential surface formed as a cam surface composed of a plurality of arc surfaces having different centers and radiuses, wherein the cam surface includes a first cam surface having an arc center positioned at an inner side of the outer circumferential surface, a second cam surface having an arc center positioned at an outer side of the outer circumferential surface, and a third cam surface disposed between the first cam surface and the second cam surface, the third cam surface having an arc center positioned at an inner side of the outer circumferential surface;

    a pair of symmetric second spring supporting pins contacting the first cam surface of the cam plate when the movable contactor is in contact with the first and second fixed contactors, and rotated along the movable contactor being rotated when an electromagnetic repulsive force is generated between the movable contactor and the first and second fixed contactors thereby to be slid on the third cam surface from the first cam surface of the cam plate and thus to be in contact with the second cam surface for a predetermined time, for preventing the movable contactor from returning towards the first and second fixed contactors;

    a link for connecting the first spring supporting pins to the second spring supporting pins; and

    a spring having one end supported by the first spring supporting pins and the other end supported by the second spring supporting pins, for providing an elastic force so that a contact pressure between the movable contactor and the fixed contactors can be maintained under a state that the movable contactor is in contact with the first and second fixed contactors, and for providing an elastic force in a direction to accelerate a separation of the movable contactor from the first and second fixed contactors when the second spring supporting pins are slid on the third cam surface as an electromagnetic repulsive force is generated between the movable contactor and the first and second fixed contactors.

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