Washer for establishing electrical continuity between conductive components having non-conductive coatings

  • US 5,453,027 A
  • Filed: 01/23/1995
  • Issued: 09/26/1995
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/08/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. In an electrical housing having first and second housing members secured together by threaded fasteners received within corresponding apertures in said housing members, said first and second housing members formed of electrically conductive material and having a non-conductive protective coating and a sealing gasket disposed between the first and second housing members, the improvement comprising:

  • a washer formed of conductive material and having a substantially planar ring member with an inner surface defining an opening adapted to receive a threaded fastener, a central axis, and first and second surfaces lying in parallel planes substantially perpendicular to said central axis, said ring member having a first projection extending from said ring member above said first surface to engage a coated surface of the first housing member and a second projection extending from said ring member above said second surface to engage a coated surface of the second housing member, said first and second projections adapted to penetrate the non-conductive coatings to establish electrical continuity between said first and second housing members upon tightening of the threaded fastener to secure the first and second housing members together andwhereby said first and second projections form a compression stop preventing over-tightening the threaded fastener; and

    said ring member having a plurality of teeth projecting into said opening to engage the threaded fastener thereby retaining said washer on the fastener.

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