Creep locking retention mechanism (Clip)
Patent No. 7,118,503
Issued: October 10, 2006
Inventors: Shum; Andrew C. (Ithaca, NY)
A device having an allowance for creeping is provided. The device includes: a base member having a receiving element; and an overlaying member, subject to creeping, overlaying on top of the base member, the overlaying member having a region at one end thereof, wherein a tip member is free from restriction or force exerted thereon due to creeping deformation thereof.
REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
This application claims an invention which was disclosed in Provisional Application No. 60/498,172, filed Aug. 27, 2003, entitled "Creep Locking Retention Mechanism (Clip)". The benefit under 35 USC .sctn.119(e) of the United States provisional application is hereby claimed, and the aforementioned application is hereby incorporated herein by reference.
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