Military Standard Synchro Code
The military standard designation code identifies standard synchros by their physical size, functional
purpose, and supply voltage characteristics. The code is alphanumerical and is broken down in the
following manner. The first two digits indicate the diameter of the synchro in tenths of an inch, to the next
higher tenth. For example, a synchro with a diameter of 1.75 inches has the numeral 18 as its first two
digits. The first letter indicates the general function of the synchro and of the synchro system-C for
control or T for torque. The next letter indicates the specific function of the synchro, as follows:
If the letter B follows the specific function designation, the synchro has a rotatable stator. The last
number in the designation indicates the operating frequency-6 for 60 Hz and 4 for 400 Hz. The upper-case
letter following the frequency indicator is the modification designation. The letter "A" indicates that the
synchro design is original. The first modification is indicated by the letter "B." Succeeding modifications
are indicated by the letters "C," "D," and so on, except for the unused letters "I," "L," "O," and "Q."
For example, an 18TR6A synchro is an original design, 60-Hz torque receiver with a diameter of
between 1.71 and 1.80 inches.
A synchro designated 16CTB4B is the first modification of a 400-Hz control transformer with a
rotatable stator and a diameter of between 1.51 and 1.60 inches.
All standard synchros are labeled with such a code. Synchros used in circuits supplied by 26 volts
are classified in the same way, except that the symbol 26V is prefixed to the designator (for example,
26V-16CTB4A). Otherwise, a 115 volts source is assumed for the synchro system.
Navy Prestandard Synchro Code
The Navy prestandard designation code identifies prestandard synchros by size and function, using a
number and letter combination. Unlike the standard code, the number does not indicate directly the
diameter of the synchro. The number merely represents the approximate size of the synchro, increasing as
the size increases. The approximate size and weight of the five most common sizes are shown in the
2 1/4 in
3 1/10 in
5 3/8 in
3 3/8 to 3 5/8 in
6 1/2 in
4 1/2 in
5 3/4 in