Accession Number:

ADP005281

Title:

Nuclear-Hardfibre Optic Cable Assemblies for Tactical Systems,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

STC TECHNOLOGY LTD HARLOW (ENGLAND)

Report Date:

1986-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

A nuclear hard fibre optic cable assembly has been developed for the US Army FOTSLH programme on behalf of CECOM, Fort Monmouth. The fibre is based on a standard 50125 micron graded index design, but with very careful modification and control of glass compositions and fibre processing parameters in order to achieve nuclear hardness over the full environmental ranges specified. The cable utilises a simple squad design, comprising two fibres plus two fillers, a Kevlar 49 yarn strength member and flame retardant 5.5 mm O.D extruded sheath and is produced in a single operation with purpose built equipment. The fibre optic cable assembly is completed with expanded beam hermaphrodite connectors. An extensive qualification test programme has shown the nuclear, optical, and mechanical requirements of the FOTSLH specification to be met over the full environmental temperature range -46 to 71 C. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Optics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE