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25 February 1981 Military Systems Requirements For Strong Optical Fibers
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Evolving military systems concepts include the application of optical fibers in dynamic deployments, exposure to a severe environment, or storage under stress. Development of optical fiber technology to meet minimum service requirements is founded on improving the strength through flaw reduction and elimination of static fatigue. Improvements in processing has resulted in steady increases in both the short gauge-length median strengths and long length proof stress of CVD fibers. Stress corrosion resistance has been demonstrated by hermetic coatings of metals and dielectrics. Because of the diversity of applications, however, not all fiber systems will require high strength, fatigue resistant fibers. The most demanding applications, however, may be those in which the fiber itself is the load-bearing member of the cable. Requirements for continuous high-strength fibers in lengths in excess of 5 - 10 km may be prohibitively expensive unless segments can be routinely fusion-spliced with consistent low loss and high strength. The DOD High-Strength Fiber Program and its current status will be reviewed.
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H. E. Rast "Military Systems Requirements For Strong Optical Fibers", Proc. SPIE 0239, Guided Wave Optical and Surface Acoustic Wave Devices: Systems and Applications, (25 February 1981); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.959214
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