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Protection with heat-shrinkable sleeves for optical fiber arc fusion splicing
Author(s): Jonah Trunk; Roberto Pierri Moreira; Ricardo M.P. Monteiro
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Paper Abstract

The massive use of lightwave communication technology in the trunking and distribution parts of the networks brought the need for high efficiency optical fiber splicing methods. Among others arc fusion splicing is today largely used during installation and rearrangement of optical links. In this splicing method the mechanical strength around the splicing point is greatly reduce due to coating stripping. Our results with brazilian optical fiber aging tests show that the tensile strength average is 0. 55 GM/rn2 and the static fatigue of 0. 14 GN/m2is dangerous for the splicing part. Therefore the protection and the reinforcement of the splicing portion are intended to avoid optical and mechanical degradation. This paper examines the protection level given by heatshrinkable sleeves showing the results obtained from optical and mechanical measurements which are on multimode and singlemode fiber splices. The splicing characteristics were measured under normal conditions and after exposure to termal and wet adverse environments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1991
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1365, Components for Fiber Optic Applications V, (1 January 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.24668
Show Author Affiliations
Jonah Trunk, AGC Optosystems, Ltd. (Brazil)
Roberto Pierri Moreira, AGC Optosystems, Ltd. (Brazil)
Ricardo M.P. Monteiro, Marsicano S.A. Industria de Condutores Electricos (Brazil)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1365:
Components for Fiber Optic Applications V
Paul M. Kopera, Editor(s)

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