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MIL-R-39035 Revision C, October 11, 1991
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This specification covers the general requirements for multiturn lead-screw actuated, and single-turn, nonwire-wound, variable resistors with a contact bearing uniformly over the surface of the entire resistive element, when positioned by an actuator. These resistors are capable of full-load operation (when the maximum resistance is engaged), at a maximum temperature of 150°C, with a resistance tolerance of ±10 percent. The resistors will have life failure rate levels ranging from 1.0 to 0.001 percent per 1,000 hours (see These failure rate levels are established at a 60-percent confidence level maintained at 10-percent producer's risk on the basis of the life tests. The failure rate level, identified by the appropriate symbol is referred to operation at full rated voltage at 85°C, with a permissible change in resistance of ±5 percent as the criteria for failure. Table I of supplement 1 provides a summary of performance characteristics for these resistors. A part per million (PPM) quality system is used for documenting and reporting the average outgoing quality of resistors supplied to this specification. Statistical process control (SPC) techniques are required in the manufacturing process to minimize variation in production of resistors supplied to the requirements of this specification.

The PIN shall be in the following form, and as specified (see 3.1). CHART Beneficial comments (recommendations, additions, deletions) and any pertinent data which may be of use in improving this document should be addressed to: Electronic Support Division, AFLC, 2750th ABW/ESP, Bldg 2, Gentile Air Force Station, Dayton, OH 45444-4500 by using the Standardization Document Improvement Proposal (DD Form 1426) appearing at the end of this document or by letter.

The style is identified by the three letter symbol "RJR" followed by a two-digit number; the letters identify established reliability, adjustment type, nonwire-wound variable resistors, and the number identifies the physical size.

The characteristic is identified by a single letter which identifies the resistance-temperature characteristic, maximum ambient temperature at rated wattage, and maximum ambient operating temperature (zero load) in accordance with table I. TABLE I. Characteristic.
Symbol     Maximum resistance          Maximum ambient     Maximum ambient     
           temperature characteristic  temperature at      operating           
           (referred to 25°C            rated wattage       temperature         

            % °C         PPM                  °C                  °C                   

  C         ±0.025       ±250                 85                 150
  F         ±0.010       ±100                 85                 150
  H         ±0.005       ±50                  85                 150

The terminals are identified by a single letter in accordance with table II. TABLE II. Terminals.
Symbol                           Type of terminal                                             

  L          Flexible, insulated-wire leads.                                 
  P          Printed-circuit pins.                                           
  W 1/       Printed-circuit pins (edge mounted).                            
  X 2/       Printed-circuit pins (edge mounted, alternate configuration).   
  Y 3/       Printed-circuit pins (staggered).                               
  D 4/       Printed-circuit terminals (dual in-line package, four             

1/  Available only in essentially square styles.  Pins extend from the edge 180° away from the operating shaft, and are parallel to the longitudinal axis of the operating shaft.
2/  Available only in essentially square styles.  Pins extend from the edge 90° away from the operating shaft, and are perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the operating shaft.
3/   Applicable to style RJR12 only.
4/   Applicable to style RJR32 only.

The nominal total value expressed in ohms is identified by a three-digit number; the first two digits represent significant figures and the last digit specifies the number of zeros to follow. The following are examples of symbols for resistance values.
                        101 = 100 ohms
                       102 = 1,000 ohms

The life failure rate level designation as shown in table III is signified by a single letter (M, P, R, or S), which identifies the life failure-rate level for which the resistor is qualified (see 4.5). TABLE III. Failure rate designations.
Failure-rate level     Failure rate            
   designation      percent/1,000 hours     

        M                 1.0  
        P                 0.1  
        R                 0.01 
        S                 0.001

The PIN "RJR24 F P 102 M" signifies:
    RJR24   -   Adjustment type, resistor variable non-wire-wound (established reliability) of the dimensions 
                specified (see 3.1).

    F       -   Having a characteristic signifying a maximum resistance temperature                    characteristic of ±0.010 
                percent per °C (±100 PPM) and a capability of operating at rated wattage of 85°C maximum and 
                when derated at 150°C maximum (see figure 2).

    P       -   Having printed circuit pins.

    102     -   Having a nominal resistance value of 1,000 ohms.

    M       -   Having a failure rate level of 1.0 percent per 1,000 hours.