Aging of Silica Optical Fiber in Static Fatigue Tests
During their use, optical fibers are subject to harsh installation and environmental conditions. To evaluate more precisely the lifetime of an optical fiber, it is necessary to study the mechanical behavior of optical fibers under extreme conditions, in particular under mechanical and thermal stress.This paper presents the results of new silica optical fibers aged in hot water between 20°C and 70°C and subjected to mechanical static bending stresses from 3 GPa to 3.5 GPa. Thermal dependence of the time to failure was observed. This dependence can be described by the Arrhenius model, where the activation energy is one of the main physical characteristic.
N. Evano et al., "Aging of Silica Optical Fiber in Static Fatigue Tests", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol. 859, pp. 3-8, 2017