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Aug. 20, 1946.
Filed April 26, 1943
‘Leon J. Goldberg,’
?atented Aug. 20, 1946
Leo-n J. Goldberg, Schenectady, N. Y., assignor to
General Electric Company, a corporation of
New York
Application April 26, 1943, Serial No. 484,519
‘5 Claims. (01. 175-336)
My invention relates to electromagnets, more
straining force to the armature so as to prevent
initial movement of the armature except when
particularly to electromagnets for operating
the voltage is high enough to complete the clos
switches or contactors having pivoted armatures,
ing movement, this restraining force, however,
and has for its object a simple, reliable and inex
dropping to zero very soon after the beginning
pensive pivot mounting for the armature.
of the armature movement. This magnetic shunt
More speci?cally, my invention relates to a
feature of my invention is covered by my divi
pivotal bearing for the armature which does not
sional application Serial No. 517,422, ?led Janu
have any sliding movement between the engag
ary '7, 1944.
ing bearing surfaces while these surfaces are
For a more complete understanding of my
secured together against displacement with re 10
invention, reference should be had to the ac
spect to each other.
companying drawing in which Fig. 1 is a side ele
In carrying out my invention in one form I
vation view partly in section of a contactor em
pivotally mount the armature on a knife-edge
bodying my invention showing the armature in
bearing member and provide the armature, or
its open circuit position; Fig. 2 is a view similar
a supporting member attached to the armature,
to Fig. 1 but showing the armature in its cir
with V-shaped notches in its opposite sides and
cuit closed position; Fig. 3 is a sectional view
laterally displaced with respect to each other
taken along the line 3-3 of Fig. 1 looking in
with the bottom bearing portions of the notches
the direction of the arrows; Fig. 4i is a view in
or apiccs of the v’s in alignment with each other
and forming a pivot axis for the armature. 20 perspective of the various parts forming the pivot
mounting for the armature; while Fig. 5 is a
Thus one or more of these notches is disposed
fragmentary perspective View showing details of
on the knife-edge supporting bearing while a pair
of knife-edge supporting bearings, which may
Referring to the drawing, I have shown my
be spring members, are disposed in the V-shaped
slots on the opposite side and hold or press the 25 invention in one form as applied to an L-shaped
armature member in carrying a movable contact
armature on the l-znife-edge supporting bear
II and operated to its circuit closed attracted
ing. By reason of the fact that the bearing
position by a suitable operating coil 52. The
points of the knife-edge supporting bearing and
coil I2 is provided with a core member 13 ex
of the spring bearing members are in alignment
with each other, the forces exerted by the springs 30 tending through it and secured as by a screw
it at its right-hand end, as seen in the draw
do not impede the free pivotal movement of the
armature member or supply any bias to the
armature member.
I also provide magnetic holding means for op
ing, to an L-shaped core member 55. This core
member i5, which as shown is a solid unlami
hated piece of magnet core iron, extends upward
ial movement of the armature to its 35 from the central core member !3 and then sub
~~sition thereby to prevent movement
ture when the supply of excitation
appliedto the operating coil is too low to move
the armatnre to its fully attracted position and
stantially at right angles in parallel relation with
the coil so that its left-hand end is substan
tially in the same plane as the end of the core It.
For pivctally mounting the armature on the
wipe the 1:
able contact into its fully closed 40 end of the core member IS a bar It is mounted
on the upper side of the core member It‘: at its
position. It will be understood that the initial
left-hand end and suitably secured to the core
applied to the armature when
member as by screws ll. As shown, the core
the coil is energized is relatively low and in
member is cut away somewhat, as indicated at
creases as the rmature moves toward its at
tracted position. Likewise the force required to 45 it‘, to form a seat for the bar l6. Also, the left
hand edge or side of the bar projects at 19 some
move the armature is ordinarily relatively low at
what beyond the end of the core member. This
the beginning of its movement but increases sud
bar It, as shown most clearly in Fig. 4:, provides
denly to a relatively high value when the mov
by its upper left-hand edge 20 a knife-edge pivot
able contact engages the stationary contact.
Thus a very low voltage may be suf?cient to 50 bearing for the armature IE3, this bearing 20 be
ing discontinuous by reason of two slots or
move the armature to this contact engaging posi
notches 2i and 22 formed in the bar.
tion but insuf?cient to complete the closing
These notches 2! and 22 are provided to re—
movement. This results in poor contact condi
ceive two pressed out protuberances 23 (Figs. 1
tions and welding together of the contacts. I
provide a magnetic shunt which applies a re 55 and 5) formed on the lower side of a supporting
member 24 made of magnet iron which is
secured to the lower side of the armature II} as by
screws 25 and forms a part or the armature.
Preferably the plate
is formed in a suitable
2* two laterally spaced apart V-shaped
(Fig. ii) in its upper surface, the
armature are wide enough to provide for freedom
of movement of the armature without engaging
the spring members.
It should be noted that the springs 31! and 3|
apply a minimum force at right angles to their
forces applied to the bottoms of the slots 26 and
2?. For the purpose of minimizing still further
this right angle force, the springs may be hinged
" i i and on the opposite side of the plate 24.
at their middle bends. Also, helical springs (not
These protuberances 23 ?t loosely in the notches
shown) could be used to apply forces to the V
2i and 22 and hold the plate 34 against lateral
shaped bearings 26 and 27.
displacement on the bar l6. Also, as shown, the
It will be understood that various structural‘
plate 24 is formed with a laterally extending por
features of the contactor, which are convention
tion Eda at its upper end extending at an angle
al, have been omitted, for example, the panel sup‘
somewhat greater than 90 degrees with the low 15 port or other mounting for the stationary contact
er portion of the plate so that when the arma~
3? and for the movable contact H and operating
ture is in its unattracted position, as shown in
Fig. 1, this portion 24a is parallel with the bar Hi.
rl‘he movable contact I l, as shown, is held when
The bend between the upper portion 24a and
it is in its open circuit position against a bracket
' ‘rig pressed out thereby forming the com
ry protuberances $1.‘; opposite the notches
the lower portion on the under side, as seen in the 20 33 secured to the armature by means of a helical
spring 39, the lower end 40 of the contact pivot
drawing, is formed with precision with a sharply
de?ned straight junction or line bearing seat 245
between the two parts thereby to form a V--shaped
bearing which ?ts on the knife-edge bearing 20
ally bearing against the bracket 38. When the
armature is moved to its attracted position, shown
in Fig. 2, by energization of the magnet coil, the
on the bar 15 so that when the member 24 is 25 movable contact is moved about its lower end as
pressed on the bar IS, the two parts are held by
a pivot away from the bracket 38, the spring 39
these bearings in a precise pivotal positional re
being compressed. A ?exible connecting lead 4|
lation with each other. Furthermore, the V
of electrically conducting material is secured by
shaped bearings 26 and El have the junctions of
screw 42 to the movable contact and extends
their sides, i. e., their bottom line bearing seats,
downward inside the bracket 32 to a point below
sharply de?ned so as to form seats for spring
the armature where it is secured by a bolt 42’
pressed knife-edge bearings 23 and 29 on the
to an arm 43 provided for it on the bracket 32.
ends of spring members 30 and 3|. Also, as shown
A. metal arcing horn or are runner member 43’
in Figs. 1 and a, the sides of each of the bear
is provided adjacent the movable contact.
ings 25 and 27 are substantially at right angles 35
In the event of wear, the bearings can be re
with each other, although this is not indispen
newed by replacing the parts I6 and 24 with new
An important feature of the ‘ll-shaped knife~
edge bearings 26 and 2'! is that their line bearing
to resist wear.
seats or bottoms are in alignment with each other,
posits of dust and dirt, the knife edge 20 is ex
and with the line bearing 2th, and also coincident
with the pivot axis of knife~edge bearing 20.
Consequently, the spring force applied to the
knife-edge bearings 23 and 29 thereby to hold the
parts. These parts are preferably case hardened
For the purpose of avoiding interference by de
tended upward somewhat above the upper surface
of the bar !6 so that when the contactor is in its
open position the portion 24a is spaced somewhat
above the bar It.
plate 24 on the knife»edge bearing 20 does not ap 45
A bumper member 44 is provided on the core
ply any appreciable biasing force to the armature
member I5 for the armature In to rest on when
it. Thus the plate ‘All and the armature In car
the armature is in its unattracted position.
ried by it are held securely by spring pressure on
Another feature of my invention is the use of
the knife-edge bearing 25, but without any im
magnetic iron for part or all of the bumper mem
pediment by this spring pressure to their pivotal 50 ber 44 thereby to form an initial magnetic hold
movement. If a slight clearance is permissible
ing or restraining force for the armature ID. The
between the knife edges 23 and 29 and the seats
purpose of this holding force is to prevent partial
26 and ill, the members 30 and SI may be rigid
closing of the breaker under low voltage condi
and not apply pressure to the seats 26 and 21.
tions. Without the use of magnetic material in
As shown, the spring members 30 and 3| are
bumper 44, or equivalent restraining means, in
secured to extensions 33 on a formed bracket 32
the event that the operating coil of the contactor
in turn secured to the core member 15. For great
is energized to close the contactor under substan
er strength the opposite sides of the bracket 32
tial low voltage conditions, such as 75 percent of
are turned downward on opposite sides of the core
normal voltage or less, the magnetic attractive
member. The armature I0 moves freely between 60 force of the coil on the armature will be su?icient
the sides of the bracket 32. The spring members
to move the armature and movable contact to
38 and M are secured to the extensions 33 as by
ward their closed circuit positions until the mov
(only one of which is shown). It will
able contact has engaged the stationary contact.
be observed that the spring members are bent into
At that point the armature is opposed by the addi
substantially inverted U shapes. Also, relatively
tional contact spring pressure, 1. e., the pressure
short portions on their free ends, on which the
Of the spring 39, and must overcome this pressure
knife-edge bearings 28 and 29 are formed, are of
in moving the movable contact and wiping it over
decreased width and extend through notches 35
the stationary contact to its ?nal closed circuit
and 35 in the armature into the bearing slots 26
position. When the closing movement thus stops
and 21, These spring members are shaped so as 70 upon initial engagement of the contacts, the elec
to apply spring pressures on the bottoms of the
trical contact between them is unsatisfactory and
slots 26 and 211 in the direction substantially bi
may produce welding of the contacts together.
secting the’ substantially QG-degree angle of the
The object of this part of my invention, there
knife-edge bearing 2% when the contactor is open,
fore, is to provide an initial restraining force
as shown in Fig. 1. The slots 35 and 3'5 in the 75 which is great enough to prevent movement of
the armature toward its. attracted position when
the‘ voltage applied to the operating coil is less
than a predetermined voltage, such as '75 percent
of'full voltage, but which holding force under nor—
mal voltage conditions drops to zero soon after the
start of movement of the armature and, therefore,
does not under normal voltage conditions appre
ciably a?‘ect closing operation of the contactor.
The strap of magnetic material formed by the
being laterally disposed with respect to each other
with their bottoms coincident with a pivot axis
for said armature, a knife-edge bearing member
for said armature extending into the one of said
slots on the lower side of said armature there
by pivotally to support said armature, and a spring
arm having a knife-edge bearing at its end ex
tending into the other of said slots thereby to
hold said armature on said ?rst knife-edge bear
bumper 4&1 provides a shunt magnetic path for 10 111g.
2. An electromagnet comprising an L-shaped
the core member Hi When the armature is in its
armature, said armature being provided with a
unattracted position, as shown in Fig. 1, this shunt
V bearing at the inner side of its bend, an oper
path being from the right-hand end of the core
ating coil ior said armature, a bearing plate pro
member it directly through the strap of magnetic
vided with a knife-edge bearing ?tting into said
material Mi to the right~hand end of the arma
V bearing thereby pivotally to support said ar~
ture Ill and thence through the armature and
mature, said bearing plate being provided with a
across the air gap to the end of the core member
slot intersecting said knife-edge bearing, a V
l3. This flux path results in a magnetic attrac
shaped bearing slot in the opposite or outer side
tion between the bumper member and the arma
of said armature at its bend with a complemen
ture which, for certain predetermined low volt
tary protuberance on the inner side of said arma
ages, is greater than the oppositely directed mag
ture ?tting into said slot in said bearing plate,
netic force exerted on the other end of the arma
said outer V-shaped slot having its bottom pivot
axis coincident with the bottom pivot axis of
The bumper 44 is so arranged by suitably se
lecting its magnetic properties as by means of 25 said ?rst V bearing on the inner side of said ar
mature, and a spring member having a knife
a non-magnetic shim (not shown), or by regu
edge bearing on its end extending into said outer
lating its cross-sectional area, that as long as
V-shaped slot and bearing on the bottom pivot
the voltage applied to the coil [2 during the clos~
axis of said slot.
ing movement is, for example, '75 per cent of
3. An electromagnet comprising an L-shaped
normal voltage or more, the armature will be .
said armature being provided with a
pulled away from the bumper 44 by the attrac
V bearing at the inner side of its bend, an op
tive force between its other end and the core
erating coil for said armature, a U-shaped mags
l3, and then moved to its full attracted and
net core for said coil having one leg extending
closed circuit position. This holding force of the
through said coil, a bearing plate on the other
bumper is, of course, regulated to correspond with
end of said core provided with a knife-edge bear~
the additional force required to move the ‘con
ing ?tting into said V bearing thereby pivotaliy
tactor to its fully closed position after ?rst en
to support said armature, said bearing plate being
gagement of the contacts. Thus, under the con"
provided with two slots spaced apart and inter
ditions assumed, it was found in a typical con
tactor that '75 per cent or more voltage fully closed 40 secting said knife-edge bearing, two spaced apart
V-shaped bearings in the opposite or outer side
the contactor.
of said armature at its bend with complementary
It will be understood that at some predeter
protuberances on the inner side of said armature
mined voltage applied to the coil [2 which gives
?tting into said slots in said bearing plate, said
a predetermined current in the coil and a corre~
two outer V-shaped bearings having their bottom
spending magnetic ?ux value, the magnetic metal
pivot axes coincident with the bottom pivot axis
of the bumper M becomes saturated magnetically
of said ?rst V bearing on the inner side of said
and consequently the magnetic restraining force
of the bumper on the armature ID is a maximum
value. With higher voltages applied to the coil
and resulting higher currents in the coil and
> greater magnetic flux generated by the coil, the
restraining pull of the bumper remains substan
tially unchanged at substantially the predeter
mined maximum value while the magnetic flux
in the other of the two parallel ?ux paths in
creases and applies an increasing pull on the
lower left-hand end of the armature in a direc
tion to move the armature to its attracted posiv
At the predetermined pickup voltage of,
armature, two spring pressed members having
knife~edge bearings on their ends extending re~
spectively into said two outer V-shaped slots and
bearing on the bottom pivot axis of said slots,
and resilient means for applying forces to said
spring pressed members in directions to hold said
armature on said bearing plate and in a direc“
tion substantially bisecting the angle of the knife~
edge bearing on said bearing plate.
4. An electromagnet comprising an armature.
a first bearing plate armature member provided
with an inner \l-shaped bearing seat secured to
the inner side of said armature, an operating coil
for example, 75 per cent of normal voltage, the
for said armature, a magnet core for said coil
armature is pulled to its attracted position against
having one leg extending through said coil, a sec
the restraining force of the bumper 45.
ond bearing plate secured to the other end of said
While I have shown a particular embodiment
core provided with a knife-edge bearing ?tting
of my invention, it will be understood, of course,
into said inner V-shaped bearing thereby piv
that I do not wish to be limited thereto since many 65
otally to support said armature, said second
modi?cations may be made, and I therefore con
bearing plate being provided with a notch inter
template by the appended claims to cover any
secting said knife-edge bearing, an outer V~
such modi?cations as fall within the true spirit
shaped bearing in the outer side of said ?rst plate
and scope of my invention.
with a complementary protuberance on the in
What I claim as new and desire to secure by 70
ner side of said ?rst plate ?tting into said notch
Letters Patent of the United States is:
in said second bearing plate, said outer V-sh'aped
1. An electromagnet comprising an armature,
bearing having its bottom pivot axis coincident
an operating coil for said armature, said arma
with the bottom pivot axis of said inner V-shaped
ture being provided with a pair of V-shaped slots
bearing, an opening in said armature opposite
on opposite sides of said armature, said slots
said outer V-shaped bearing, a spring having a
knife-edge bearing on its end extending through
said opening in said armature into said outer
V'shaped bearing with its knife~edge bearing en
each of two opposite sides of said armature, said
bearings being in alinement with each other with
their bottom bearings coincident with a pivot axis
for said armature, two knife-edge bearing mem
gaging the bottom pivot axis of said outer V
shaped bearing, said spring applying a force to
said outer V-shaped bearing to hold said ?rst
bearing plate and said armature on said second
said V-shaped bearings thereby pivo'tally to sup
an operating coil for said armature, said arma
edge bearings.
bers for said armature positioned on said oppo
site sides of said armature and extending into
port said armature for movement about said piv
bearing plate and in a direction substantially bi
secting the angle of the knife-edge bearing on 10 0t axis, and a spring supporting one of said knife
edge bearings biasing said one knife-edge bearing
said second bearing plate.
against its bottom bearing thereby to hold said
5. An electromagnet comprising an armature,
ture being provided with a V-shaped bearing on
armature resiliently on the other of said knife
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