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Studying the limits of production rate and yield for the volume manufacturing of hollow core photonic band gap fibers

Studying the limits of production rate and yield for the volume manufacturing of hollow core photonic band gap fibers
Studying the limits of production rate and yield for the volume manufacturing of hollow core photonic band gap fibers
Hollow core photonic band gap fibers have great potential in low latency data transmission and power delivery applications, but they are currently only fabricated in research scale fabrication facilities, with km-scale lengths. To drive cost reduction and volume manufacturing it is essential to be able to upscale the preform size, but before embarking on costly experimental attempts it is useful to apply fluid dynamics models to study how the fiber drawing dynamics would be affected by such a change. In this work we use a fluid dynamics model to virtually draw increasingly longer lengths of the same fiber from preforms of identical length but different diameters. Taking advantage of our fast numerical model we explore the physical dynamics of the draw process. We discover that the draw tension is the key thermodynamic parameter and that an upper length limit exists beyond which undesirable distortions in the microstructure become difficult to control. These mechanisms are identified and possible mitigation methods described which could allow the fabrication of over 200 km fiber from a single preform.
optical fibre, computational modelling
1094-4087
32179 -32190
Jasion, G.
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Numkam Fokoua, Eric
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Shrimpton, John S.
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Richardson, Dave J.
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Poletti, Francesco
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Jasion, G.
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Numkam Fokoua, Eric
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Shrimpton, John S.
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Richardson, Dave J.
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Poletti, Francesco
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Jasion, G., Numkam Fokoua, Eric, Shrimpton, John S., Richardson, Dave J. and Poletti, Francesco (2015) Studying the limits of production rate and yield for the volume manufacturing of hollow core photonic band gap fibers. Optics Express, 23 (25), 32179 -32190. (doi:10.1364/OE.23.032179).

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Abstract

Hollow core photonic band gap fibers have great potential in low latency data transmission and power delivery applications, but they are currently only fabricated in research scale fabrication facilities, with km-scale lengths. To drive cost reduction and volume manufacturing it is essential to be able to upscale the preform size, but before embarking on costly experimental attempts it is useful to apply fluid dynamics models to study how the fiber drawing dynamics would be affected by such a change. In this work we use a fluid dynamics model to virtually draw increasingly longer lengths of the same fiber from preforms of identical length but different diameters. Taking advantage of our fast numerical model we explore the physical dynamics of the draw process. We discover that the draw tension is the key thermodynamic parameter and that an upper length limit exists beyond which undesirable distortions in the microstructure become difficult to control. These mechanisms are identified and possible mitigation methods described which could allow the fabrication of over 200 km fiber from a single preform.

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Accepted/In Press date: 31 August 2015
Published date: 4 December 2015
Keywords: optical fibre, computational modelling
Organisations: Optoelectronics Research Centre, Aerodynamics & Flight Mechanics Group

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Local EPrints ID: 379169
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/379169
ISSN: 1094-4087
PURE UUID: 73210d76-5378-4ae4-ae33-384e60024ff2
ORCID for G. Jasion: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5030-6479
ORCID for Eric Numkam Fokoua: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0873-911X
ORCID for Dave J. Richardson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7751-1058
ORCID for Francesco Poletti: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1000-3083

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Date deposited: 07 Dec 2015 12:08
Last modified: 03 Dec 2019 02:05

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