Patent, Filed 26 Aug 80, patented 5 Oct 82,
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A connector for joining a fiber optic cable. The connector is constructed with a thin wall tube enclosing strips of a shape memory alloy material. The strips are bent and inserted into the thin wall tube such that an axial cavity is formed between the opposing strips. The axial cavity provides a self centering mechanism for positioning fiber optic cables along the central axis of the tube. Dimensions of the tube and shape memory alloy strips are chosen such that fiber optic cables inserted into each end of the connector when it is above the transition temperature range of the strips will be forced into coaxial aligenment when the connector is cooled to a temperature below the transition range of the strips.
- Metallurgy and Metallography