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Coating composition and fiber lifetime
Author(s): P. C.P. Bouten; Dick J. Broer
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Paper Abstract

The influence of the chemical environment on the lifetime of fiber with a standard polymer coating is studied with fatigue tests. Tests were performed in ambient air, water, ammonia, acidic and basic solutions. The diffusion of reactive components in the coating material appeared to be of considerable importance for the measured lifetime. Small amounts (2 wt%) of additives (acids, amines) were used in the standard coating material. Various additives are shown in fatigue tests to have a large negative influence on the lifetime of the fiber. One additive has a large positive influence. Possible mechanisms are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2074, Fiber Optics Reliability and Testing: Benign and Adverse Environments, (1 March 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.168646
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P. C.P. Bouten, Philips Research Labs. (Netherlands)
Dick J. Broer, Philips Research Labs. (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2074:
Fiber Optics Reliability and Testing: Benign and Adverse Environments
Dilip K. Paul; Hakan H. Yuce, Editor(s)

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