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Field Installable Optical Fiber Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000049612D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Uberbacher, EC: AUTHOR

Abstract

The drawing shows a low-cost, field-installable connector for butting the stripped ends 10 and 12 of two optical fibers 14 and 16, respectively. The connector includes a rigid, curved tube 18 into which the stripped ends 10 and 12 are inserted. The curvature of tube 18 forces the ends of the fibers into alignment at a butt joint 20. The tube 18 is enclosed by heat-shrinkable sleeve 22. A ring of meltable adhesive 24 is provided at each end of the sleeve. Once the fiber ends have been inserted into the tube 18, the assembly is heated. The shrunken sleeve 22 and melted adhesive 24 lock the fibers into place.

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Field Installable Optical Fiber Connector

The drawing shows a low-cost, field-installable connector for butting the stripped ends 10 and 12 of two optical fibers 14 and 16, respectively. The connector includes a rigid, curved tube 18 into which the stripped ends 10 and 12 are inserted. The curvature of tube 18 forces the ends of the fibers into alignment at a butt joint 20. The tube 18 is enclosed by heat-shrinkable sleeve
22. A ring of meltable adhesive 24 is provided at each end of the sleeve. Once the fiber ends have been inserted into the tube 18, the assembly is heated. The shrunken sleeve 22 and melted adhesive 24 lock the fibers into place.

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