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Publication numberUS3515917 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 2, 1970
Filing dateApr 16, 1968
Priority dateApr 16, 1968
Publication numberUS 3515917 A, US 3515917A, US-A-3515917, US3515917 A, US3515917A
InventorsKolb Russell H
Original AssigneeBachman Machine Co Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Thermostat device housing
US 3515917 A
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June 2, 1970, KQLB 3,515,917

' THERMOSTAT DEVICE HOUSING Filed April 16, 1968 FIG 4 FIG 5 INVENTOR ATTORNEYS- United States Patent 3,515,917 THERMOSTAT DEVICE HOUSING Russell H. Kolb, Florissant, Mo., assignor to Bachman Machine Company, Inc., St. Louis, Mo., a corporation of Missouri Filed Apr. 16, 1968, Ser. No. 721,786 Int. Cl. H02k 11/00 US. Cl. 310-71 7 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A structure for receiving a thermostat or its sensor, if spaced from the thermostat, including two or more thin sheets of heat-conducting material having portions of substantial area in contact with each other and other portions spaced apart to form the walls of a box-like housing. At least one of the sheets has an integral extrusion, in its area of contact with another sheet, resembling a rivet. Extrusions on one or more additional sheets may be internested and all the internested extrusions comprise interlocking rivet-like elements securing the respective sheets tightly together so that the portions of substantial area may be in contact with wound strands of an electric motor coil or similar apparatus. The elements block the crevice or crevices between the sheets and prevent admission of oil, water or fluid insulating material.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Previously, housings for a similar purpose and having heat-conducting wings have been formed of thin sheets secured together by separate elements or by the use of cement, bonding, or spot welding equipment. Such structures have involved difliculties in handling numerous small parts and in assembling the same, and frequently have failed to prevent the penetration of flowable insulation material between the parts of the structure or about the thermostat device housed in it.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION Among the objects of the invention is the provision of a box-like housing, the walls of which are formed of thin sheet material with high heat conductivity and having wide areas held together in layer-like assembly in tight contact with each other by securing elements integral with the sheets, thus avoiding use of separate fastening means such as screws, staples, spot welds or cement, which would tend to injure the thin sheets or to insulate them from each other or from the coil windings or to dislodge adjacent strands of wire from the sheets.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 illustrates a portion of a motor coil winding with a sensor housing inserted between adjacent coils. The housing is sectioned approximately on line 11 of FIG. 2.

FIG. 2 is a plan view of the housing shown in FIG. 1 and indicates the blank from which the housing is formed.

FIG. 3 is a vertical section on line 33 of FIG. 1 but drawn to a substantially larger scale.

FIG. 4 is a detail vertical section at right angles to seetion 3 on line 44 of FIG. 2 before securing extrusions are completely assembled but drawn to a larger scale than FIGS. l3.

FIG. 5 is a similar detail section showing completion of the securing means.

FIG. 6 corresponds to FIG. 4 but shows another form of the invention.

FIG. 7 corresponds to FIG. 5 but embodies the form shown in FIG. 6.

FIG. 8 illustrates another form of the invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS The housing is formed of a blank A (FIG. 2) gen erally rectangular in contour with lateral projections B the margins of which are doubled on lines D to form reinforcing tabs 3. The remainder of the blank is folded along lines F into a deep U frame. Most of the wide area wing-like portions 5 are pressed into contact with each other while the central portions 6 are maintained or distorted so as to be spaced apart, thus forming a pocket 1 of box cross section with one end closed and the other end open (FIG. 3).

Integral annular extrusions 7 (FIG. 4) are formed on wings 5 and are internested and then folded back against wings 5, as shown at 8 (FIG. 5), to form securing elements each similar to a hollow rivet with one fiat head projecting from the surface of the wing a distance which does not exceed the thickness of the two wings. The device is then inserted in a plastic envelope E of insulating fiber material.

The unit thus completed may be surrounded by the winding W of a motor so that the coils of the latter closely surround the entire outside area of the wings and at the same time one end of pocket 1 opens outwardly of the winding. Liquid or plastic material may then be applied over the winding without interfering with transmission of heat to the interior of pocket 1 into and from a bimetal thermostat or sensor T which is readily inserted or removed without affecting winding W. When the temperature in the motor winding rises above a predetermined point the thermostat or sensor acts to open the motor circuit and prevents overheating of the motor.

In FIGS. 6 and 7, corresponding generally to FIGS. 4 and 5, each wall of the device consists of several layers 1, 12, 13 of thin sheet material and the integral extrusions nest one within the other, as indicated at 9 (FIG. 7), to form a secure fastening, the diameter of which approximates the thickness of the housing multilayer wall. Internested extrusions as described above are formed simultaneously in the juxtaposed sheets, but another modification, shown in FIG. 8, utilizes extrusions 16 in one sheet 17 inserted through holes in the other sheet or sheets 18 and then riveted over.

The details of the structure may be varied otherwise from that shown and described without departing from the spirit of the invention, and the exclusive use of modifications coming within the scope of the claims is contemplated.

I claim:

1. A structure for insertion in a motor field coil comprising a plurality of thin sheets of heat-conducting material having wide area flattish portions in face-to-face contact for insertion between the strands of the coil, and other portions offset from said flattish portions and forming a box-like housing with spaced walls adapted to house a thermostat device, at least one of said sheets including a tubular extrusion extending through another sheet with its outer end spread and flattened against the latter sheet and forming a rivet-like head securing the sheets together and closing the joint between the sheets.

2. A structure as described in claim 1 in which the extrusion is of annular contour and forms a hollow rivetlike shank.

3. A structure as described in claim 1 in which the internested portion of the extrusions are pressed tightly 3 outer ends of two internested extrusions are folded one over the other and form a double thickness rivet-head-like structure.

5. A structure as described in claim 1 in which each wall of the housing comprises a plurality of thin internested sheets all compressed together by the flattened extrusions.

6. A structure as described in claim 5 in which each rivet-head-like structure comprises internested extrusions from a corresponding plurality of thin sheets.

7. A structure as described in claim 1 in which the housing is elongated and there are a plurality of spaced extrusi-ons at intervals alongside the housing and forming a series of rivet-like heads.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS WARREN E. RAY, Primary Examiner R. SKUDY, Assistant Examiner U.S. Cl. X.R.

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U.S. Classification310/71, 310/208, 310/180
International ClassificationH02K11/00
Cooperative ClassificationH02K11/0047
European ClassificationH02K11/00F3