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Analysis of fiber damage and field failures in fiber-grip-type mechanical fiber optic splices
Author(s): Gabor D. Kiss; Anthony Pellegrino; Simon Leopold
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Paper Abstract

Adhesiveless mechanical fiber optic splices may provide pullout resistance by gripping onto the bare fiber or by gripping onto the fiber coating. The possibility of creep and thermal expansion mismatch in the plastic coating makes gripping onto the stripped fiber attractive. We have determined that damage to the fiber by a gripping mechanism is measurable but not severe, particularly by comparison to mechanical stripping damage and handling damage. We have also observed fiber failures within such splices when using 900 micron diameter, tight buffered fiber. Torque, generated when the fiber is arranged into loops in an organizer tray, propagates into the bare fiber inside the splice. This torque can cause a fiber to break in torsion after a period of time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1991
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1366, Fiber Optics Reliability: Benign and Adverse Environments IV, (1 February 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.24702
Show Author Affiliations
Gabor D. Kiss, Bell Communications Research (United States)
Anthony Pellegrino, Bell Communications Research (United States)
Simon Leopold, Bell Communications Research (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1366:
Fiber Optics Reliability: Benign and Adverse Environments IV
Roger A. Greenwell; Dilip K. Paul, Editor(s)

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