Optical fibers have been extensively employed in a variety of fields. However, the need of high strength, excellent resistance to moisture permeation and tolerance to heat becomes apparent when such optical fibers are used in nuclear power plants and chemical plants in particular. Plastic coatings as conventional made of optical fibers cables would be replaced by the optical fiber coated with layers of metals.
The adhesion of coating to substrate is a critical property of any coating system for mechanical integrity and environmental protection of the substrate. For example, the corrosion protection of the metal coated optical fibers is highly depend on the adhesion of the coatings, if adhesion is poor, the extent of deterioration of the substrate by environmental factors (humidity, corrosive gases, etc.) is greatly accelerated. The durability and longevity of a coating required that its adhesion is to be maintained .