How many different ways are there to terminate an optical fiber which is tight buffered and where can I find more information on each?
There are many different ways to terminate an optical fiber which is tight buffered. Several are most common, the most popular is the epoxy based connector that is polished in a ferrule, in addition there are a number of field installable connectors that mechanically hold a fiber and mate the cleaved end to a fiber stub.
Also there are many types of mechanical splices that can be used to make either a permanent or temporary connection (such as for testing), and in many cases a fiber is pigtailed into a furcation tube to separate and protect it after being separated from a common jacket such as in indoor distribution cable.
In that case where each fiber is buffered with a polymer coating to 900um and stranded within a common protective jacket is now routed within a protective sheath with reinforcing members. In each of these termination methods the relationship of the coating of the fiber and the buffer is different.
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Answered by AskFOC Technical Team December 20, 2018
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