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Considerations for the lifetime of submarine optical cables
Author(s): John V. Wright; Ed S.R. Sikora; J. M. Scott; S. J. Pycock
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Paper Abstract

An optical fibre cable system is subject to a number of environmental factors which must be considered in order to guarantee survivability over a planned lifetime of typically 25 years. This is particularly true for submarine cables, where the drive to maximise the separation between repeaters is squeezing the operating margin and where the cost of shipboard repair is very high. This paper considers the factors which may limit the life of the optical fibre. These include mechanisms which cause the fibre attenuation to change and failure due to static fatigue.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1990
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1314, Fibre Optics '90, (1 September 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.21973
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John V. Wright, British Telecom Research Labs. (United Kingdom)
Ed S.R. Sikora, British Telecom Research Labs. (United Kingdom)
J. M. Scott, British Telecom Research Labs. (United Kingdom)
S. J. Pycock, British Telecom Research Labs. (United Kingdom)


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Fibre Optics '90

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