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Characterization Of Fiber Optic Cables Under Large Tensile Loads
Author(s): J. W. Ogle; L. D. Looney; R. T. Peterson
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Paper Abstract

Fiber optic cables designed for the Nevada Test Site (NTS) have to withstand an unusually harsh environment. Cables have been manufactured under a 6 year old DOE specification that has been slightly modified as the cable requirements are better understood. In order to better understand the cable properties a unique capability has been established at the NTS. Instrumentation has been developed to characterize the transmission properties of 1 km of fiber optic cable placed under a controlled tensile load up to 1500 lbs. The properties measured are cable tension, cable elongation, induced attenuation, attenuation vs. location, fiber strain, bandwidth, and ambient temperature. Preforming these measurements on cables from the two qualified NTS fiber optic cable manufacturers, Siecor and Andrew Corp., led to a new set of specifications. The relevant new and old specifications will be reported along with the characterization techniques and results on cables manufactured under the old specification.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 1984
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0506, Fiber Optics in Adverse Environments II, (15 October 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.944919
Show Author Affiliations
J. W. Ogle, Los Alamos National Laboratory (United States)
L. D. Looney, Los Alamos National Laboratory (United States)
R. T. Peterson, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0506:
Fiber Optics in Adverse Environments II
Roger A. Greenwell, Editor(s)

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