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Magnetic coupling device

United States Patent

August 18, 2009
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A quick connect/disconnect coupling apparatus is provided in which a base member is engaged by a locking housing through a series of interengagement pins. The pins maintain the shaft in a locked position. Upon exposure to an appropriately positioned magnetic field, pins are removed a sufficient distance such that the shaft may be withdrawn from the locking housing. The ability to lock and unlock the connector assembly requires no additional tools or parts apart from a magnetic key.
Nance; Thomas A. (Aiken, SC)
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (Aiken, SC)
11/ 299,448
December 8, 2005
This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC0996-SR18500 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.