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Last Updated: December 9, 2020

Technical Horsepower Consulting Technical Paper:

Evaluation of Fiber Optic Ripcord Designs and Use Procedures

The use of ripcords in cable designs predates fiber optic cables by many years. In most applications, the installation and use of
ripcords is optional and easily understood. However, the rapid and continuing proliferation of cable designs has led to challenges in the
design and use of ripcords for longer length jacket removals.

This paper attempts to look at the array of existing ripcords embodied in cables today, evaluate their effectiveness, and
determine if existing tests and test procedures are an accurate reflection of reliable ripcord performance. In addition, the rapid
expansion of new cable designs and materials may make the existing methods of incorporating ripcords into cable designs
obsolete. A realistic look at the integration of the ripcord material, design, and cable design is explored.

Also since most ripcord procedures are generic in nature, this paper proposes that specific categories of ripcord be defined as well as
specific procedures.

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