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Strength degradation of silica fibers by acetone immersion
Author(s): Andrew T. Taylor; M. John Matthewson; Charles R. Kurkjian
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Paper Abstract

A single-layer UV-curable polyacrylate-coated telecommunications grade fused silica fiber was found to have a significant reduction in two-point bending strength after immersion in acetone. The two-point bending and tensile strengths of this fiber as a function of immersion time in acetone were determined, and this strength loss was not seen for 0.5-m gauge length tensile specimens. SEM and optical fractography was performed on the weak specimens, and the cause of the strength reduction is proposed to arise from particles smaller than 3 micrometers in the coating. These particles could cause surface flaws by sliding contact damage incurred during relative motion between the coating and the glass. This sliding could occur either while flexing the fiber in preparation for a bending strength measurement or due to coating elongation. While it is not clear which mechanism is operating, both are consistent with the observation that degradation is only observed for bending strength measurements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 December 1999
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3848, Optical Fiber Reliability and Testing, (29 December 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.372761
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Andrew T. Taylor, Rutgers Univ. (United States)
M. John Matthewson, Rutgers Univ. (United States)
Charles R. Kurkjian, Rutgers Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3848:
Optical Fiber Reliability and Testing
M. John Matthewson, Editor(s)

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