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LOW RESISTANCE, LOW-INDUCTANCE POWER CONNECTORS

United States Patent Application

20170170581
A1
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An electrical connector includes an anode assembly for conducting an electrical supply current from a source to a destination, the anode assembly includes an anode formed into a first shape from sheet metal or other sheet-like conducting material. A cathode assembly conducts an electrical return current from the destination to the source, the cathode assembly includes a cathode formed into a second shape from sheet metal or other sheet-like conducting material. An insulator prevents electrical conduction between the anode and the cathode. The first and second shapes are such as to provide a conformity of one to the other, with the insulator therebetween having a predetermined relatively thin thickness. A predetermined low-resistance path for the supply current is provided by the anode, a predetermined low-resistance path for the return current is provided by the cathode, and the proximity of the anode to the cathode along these paths provides a predetermined low self-inductance of the connector, where the proximity is afforded by the conformity of the first and second shapes.
COTEUS, Paul W. (Yorktown, NY), FERENCZ, Andrew (Southborough, MA), HALL, Shawn Anthony (Pleasantville, NY), TAKKEN, Todd Edward (Brewster, NY)
14/ 964,046
December 9, 2015
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT [0001] This invention was made with government support under contract B601996 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.