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Effects of Simulated Nuclear Thermal Pulses on Fiber Optic Cables

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3 Author(s)
Baba, A.J. ; U.S. Army Electronics Research and Development Command Harry Diamond Laboratories Adelphi, Maryland 20783 ; Share, S. ; Wasilik, J.H.

The effects of pulsed thermal radiation on fiber optic cables with a variety of jackets (polyurethane, PVC, fluorocarbon) are presented. Exposure between 27 and 85 cal/cm2 did not sever the optical fibers, but the radiation did cause disintegration of the jackets and the Kevlar strength members, which resulted in a significant reduction of the cable's ability to survive mechanical stress. Hardening techniques are discussed. The addition of low absorptance materials (white Teflon tape and aluminum foil) under clear or white Teflon jackets prevented some types of cables from being affected at fluences up to 110 cal/cm2.

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 6 )

Date of Publication:

Dec. 1979

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