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Compact and reliable protection of single-fiber and ribbon-fiber fusion splices
Author(s): Enrico Serafini
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Paper Abstract

Arc fusion splicing is the result of fiber preparation, bare fiber welding, and protection application. Fiber preparation is performed through a sequence of operations like coating stripping (chemical, mechanical, thermal), cleaning and cleaving of stripped fibers. Welding process involves placing the fibers in the splicing machine, alignment and fusion. The length of bare fiber in the splice falls in the range 8 divided by 30 mm depending on splicer type. At the end a protection is applied to seal the bare splice from the environment and to increase its strength. In this paper the influence of the different steps of splicing process on the reliability of the splices is analyzed. All tests have been performed on single-mode reduced-core fibers made by OVD technology and coated by means of a double layer acrylate material or ribboned together by means of an additional common extruded coating.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 November 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1973, Passive Fiber Optic Components and Their Reliability, (18 November 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.163787
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Enrico Serafini, SIRTI S.p.A. (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1973:
Passive Fiber Optic Components and Their Reliability
Vincent J. Tekippe; John P. Varachi, Editor(s)

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