This paper will review the state-of-the-art status of optical fiber splices and connectors from the standpoint of component reliability. We discuss the reliability criteria used for different types of systems and also how system configuration is both affected by and affects component reliability.
Stephen C. Mettler,
"Reliability Considerations For Fiber Optic Connections", Proc. SPIE 0842, Fiber Optics Reliability: Benign and Adverse Environments, (1 January 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.968185; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.968185