The DEUTSCH lightweight, bulkhead, feedthrough, high power connectors have been released by connector company TE Connectivity. The connectors are a lightweight method of connecting electrical power through an equipment bulkhead.
They are suitable for most harsh environments of power distribution in commercial aircraft, military aircraft and ground vehicles. The bulkhead aluminum feedthroughs are up to 50% lighter than the company's existing standard male terminal feedthroughs.
The lightweight connectors are based on industry standard MIL-DTL-38999 mounting footprints to help save space and reduce costs. They are available in threaded terminal shell sizes 17 and 23 and are claimed to offer high corrosion resistance and high current handling options.
“These lightweight bulkhead feedthroughs are engineered to complement TE’s existing Polamco branded power connectors,” said James Cowap, Product Manager of Global Aerospace, Defense & Marine at TE Connectivity. “They offer a low weight alternative, still suitable for harsh environment applications where up to 500A power is required, and they use standard 38999 panel footprints.”
The lightweight feedthroughs are customisable to fit a variety of rugged applications, including plating in cadmium, zinc nickel and nickel, and square flange or jam nut panel mounting, together with options for ElectroMagnetic Interference (EMI) and ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP) filtering.