New Methods of Enhancing the Thermal Durability of Silica Optical Fibers
AbstractMicrostructured optical fibers can be precisely tailored for many different applications, out of which sensing has been found to be particularly interesting. However, placing silica optical fiber sensors in harsh environments results in their quick destruction as a result of the hydrolysis process. In this paper, the degradation mechanism of bare and metal-coated optical fibers at high temperatures under longitudinal strain has been determined by detailed analysis of the thermal behavior of silica and metals, like copper and nickel. We furthermore propose a novel method of enhancing the lifetime of optical fibers by the deposition of electroless nickel-phosphorous alloy in a low-temperature chemical process. The best results were obtained for a coating comprising an inner layer of copper and outer layer of low phosphorous nickel. Lifetime values obtained during the annealing experiments were extrapolated to other temperatures by a dedicated model elaborated by the authors. The estimated copper-coated optical fiber lifetime under cycled longitudinal strain reached 31 h at 450 °C. View Full-Text
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Wysokiński, K.; Stańczyk, T.; Gibała, K.; Tenderenda, T.; Ziołowicz, A.; Słowikowski, M.; Broczkowska, M.; Nasiłowski, T. New Methods of Enhancing the Thermal Durability of Silica Optical Fibers. Materials 2014, 7, 6947-6964.
Wysokiński K, Stańczyk T, Gibała K, Tenderenda T, Ziołowicz A, Słowikowski M, Broczkowska M, Nasiłowski T. New Methods of Enhancing the Thermal Durability of Silica Optical Fibers. Materials. 2014; 7(10):6947-6964.Chicago/Turabian Style
Wysokiński, Karol; Stańczyk, Tomasz; Gibała, Katarzyna; Tenderenda, Tadeusz; Ziołowicz, Anna; Słowikowski, Mateusz; Broczkowska, Małgorzata; Nasiłowski, Tomasz. 2014. "New Methods of Enhancing the Thermal Durability of Silica Optical Fibers." Materials 7, no. 10: 6947-6964.