Method for Protecting Optical Fibers Embedded in the Armor of a Tow Cable
Patent Application, Filed 6 Jun 2001
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A method is disclosed for protecting optical fibers embedded in the armor of a tow cable. The method includes the steps of winding a resin-impregnated fiber onto a stainless steel tube, and curing the resin to form a hard protective filament shell around the stainless steel tube. The fiber is a continuous fiber and the step of impregnating is either in combination with the step of winding or prior to the step of winding. The fiber used is any one of a carbon fiber, a KevlarTrademark fiber, a boron fiber or the like. The winding is either applied during formation of the steel tube or subsequent to formation of the steel tube. The method further comprises the step of winding galvanized steel armor wires of a predetermined diameter around the tow cable core to form the tow cable and helixing the protected tube amongst the galvanized steel armor wires.
- Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics
- Protective Equipment