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Quick-Connect/Disconnect Joint For Truss StructuresSimple connector used for temporary structures and pipes. Truss connector joins and aligns structural members. Consists of two sections, one flanged and other with mating internal groove. When flanged half inserted in groove, moves lever of trigger mechanism upward. Cone then shoots into grooved half. Attached without tools in less than 2 seconds and taken apart just as quickly and easily. Developed for assembling structures in outer space, also useful for temporary terrestrial structures like scaffolds and portable bleachers. With modifications, used to join sections of pipelines carrying liquids or gases.
Document ID
19910000473
Document Type
Other - NASA Tech Brief
Authors
Sprague, Benny B. (NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX.)
Date Acquired
August 14, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: NASA Tech Briefs
Volume: 15
Issue: 9
ISSN: 0145-319X
Subject Category
FABRICATION TECHNOLOGY
Report/Patent Number
MSC-21539
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.