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Characterization of Critical Properties of Optical Fiber Coatings

  • John W. Shea (a1), John M. Turnipseed (a1), Carl R. Taylor (a1), James R. Petisce (a1) and Bob J. Overton (a1)...


This paper describes four key measurements of critical coating performance attributes which can affect coated optical fiber performance. The four measurement methods to be described are: 1) primary coating adhesion, 2) coating toughness, 3) primary coating equilibrium modulus, and 4) primary coating glass transition temperature.



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1. Blyler, L.L., DiMarcello, F.V., and Huff, R.G., “Polymer Materials for Optical Fiber Coating”, Polymers for High Technology, A.C.S. Symposium Series, Bowden, M.J. and Turner, S.R., editors, Chapter 34, 1987, 410–416 and references cited therein.
2. Blyler, L.L., and DiMarcello, F.V., “Optical Fibers, Drawing and Coating”, Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology, 1987, 9, 647–657 and references cited therein.
3. Thomas, J. Chapin et. al., U.S. Patent No. 4 962 992 (16 October 1990).


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