Organic/polymeric materials remain the most prevalent protective coatings for optical fibers. Many studies have chronicled significant differences inn the levels of protection against moisture and other adverse environments by such coatings. Recently an attempt was made to identify those coating properties which correlate with these protective characteristics. Water absorption and adhesion between the coating and fused silica were proposed to correlate the best.
In this study a series of coatings have been prepared with varying levels of adhesion to fused silica substrates, without significant differences in water absorption or in water permeation properties. The tensile strength, static fatigue and dynamic fatigue properties of the coated fibers were measured and correlated with the lap shear strengths of correspondingly coated slides. As the adhesion of the coating/silica glass interface increases, the corresponding fiber's strength and fatigue properties improve also.
The strong positive correlation between the coating's adhesion and the fiber's strength/fatigue properties will be reported for a number of coating/fiber combinations. Effects on lifetime predictability will also be addressed.