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Strip force and strength evolution of optical fibers with opened coating
Author(s): Gilberto M. Camilo
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Paper Abstract

The Strip Force test is widely used in the fiber optic telecommunications industry. This force is connected with the mechanical properties of the coatings, and in some extent with the adhesion between the coating and the glass. If the polymer coating fails by cracks or delamination with water penetration, it can cause fiber strength degradation, because of the glass humidity susceptibility. Until now there has been no correlation found between strength degradation, strip force and coating damages. In this study the strip force and the strength were measured for different fibers aged in harsh environment for long periods of time. Short and long samples were used. Short samples are like coating damaged fibers opened to the humid environment, and the long samples simulated long length of fibers inside cable structures. The results of the tests point out the everlasting life of the strip force and coating quality, opposing to the strength degradation of fibers under long term aging.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 April 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4215, Optical Fiber and Fiber Component Mechanical Reliability and Testing, (16 April 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.424373
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Gilberto M. Camilo, Alcatel (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4215:
Optical Fiber and Fiber Component Mechanical Reliability and Testing
M. John Matthewson, Editor(s)

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