High Reliability Mechanical Fiber Optic Splice

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-04-C-0414
Agency Tracking Number: N041-002-0479
Amount: $129,773.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-002
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
220 Ballardvale St., Suite D, Wilmington, MA, 01887
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Jack Salerno
 VP of Technology
 (978) 694-1006
Business Contact
 Toni Scaglione
Title: Contract Administrator
Phone: (978) 694-1006
Email: tscaglione@agiltron.com
Research Institution
The proposed approach provides a high performance mechanical optical fiber splice of single piece construction. Leveraging on advanced glass and polymer material processing technologies, the new splice design offers advantageous attributes of compactness for use with minimum space intrusion, passive self-alignment of the fiber core in all directions, easy guided fiber insertion, quick action, and a built-in cable retention nozzle that also alleviates the cable strip and fiber tip cleave requirement. Moreover, the approach is based on fiber optic packaging processes that are proven as the most cost effective and highest reliability in the optical fiber component industry. The design intrinsically eliminates damaging thermal cycling stress, providing excellent temperature stability and longevity. The all-glass sealed splice enclosure and its polymer alternative are also particularly well suited to withstand severe environmental conditions. The feasibility of the glass mechanical optical fiber splice has been successfully demonstrated. In this Phase I program, state-of-the-art ruggedized fiber splices that meet the low loss and reliable operational requirement in military/aerospace avionics fiber-optic network environments (including the extreme ?75 to +200 degree C range) will be further developed and demonstrated.

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