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Underwater Electrical Connector

San Antonio, Texas -- Sept. 22, 1971 --A Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) development has been chosen as one of the 100 most significant new technical products of the year.

Neil P. Ruzic, president of Industrial Research Incorporated, announced in Chicago today that an underwater connector developed by the Institute for the Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory had been chosen for the honor.

Dr. Robert C. DeHart, director of the SwRI Department of Structural Research, will receive the award at a banquet there tomorrow (Thursday) night.

The device, which is now in use at a depth of 600 feet in Project SEACON off Santa Barbara, promises to revolutionize undersea development.

Previously, undersea construction and mining was limited by the small amounts of power which could be delivered. The maximum capacity has been 440 volts.

The Southwest Research Institute team developed a system which permits the delivery of 4,160 volts.

For more information about the Underwater Electrical Connector, contact Joe Fohn, Communications Department, Southwest Research Institute, P.O. Drawer 28510, San Antonio, Texas, 78228-0510, Phone (210) 522-4630, Fax (210) 522-3547.

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