Linden's product development began by exploiting the many novel properties of Liquid Crystal Polymers (LCPs).
These unique materials are sometimes referred to as self reinforcing polymers, and can exhibit a specific tensile
strength ten times that of steel cable.
Most high strength cables require the addition of longitudinal strength members
such as Kevlar. The manufacturing process is cumbersome and significantly increases the cost of the cable.
By using LCP buffer over any fiber or wire a maximum alignment of polymer chains yields a high tensile strength. Linden has developed
proprietary processes such that thin, extruded strands of LCP have a tensile modulus comparable to Kevlar. Linden has
demonstrated that a 30 mil LCP jacketed SMF28 cable has a breaking strength of 55 lbs. and has developed methods of surface treatment
to reduce abrasion during the life of the cable.
In addition to high strength, STFOC also exhibits excellent mechanical and thermal stability. By controlling the molecular orientation of
the extruded LCP jacket, the expansion coefficient can be matched to that of the fiber. This provides for a high degree of thermal stability,
permitting the cable to be used over a very wide temperature range without suffering increased attenuation as a result of microbending. The
cable also exhibits excellent chemical and thermal stability. It will survive exposure to organic solvents, acids, and fuel oils.
In conjunction with molded LCP packages Linden is at the forefront of technology, providing innovative functionally hermetic, radiation resistant packages to
the military and commercial, telecommunications and sensor markets.
Linden continues to expand its product portfolio and design expertise through
ongoing internal research as well as collaboration with some of the world's most renowned technology companies.
Bend And Flexibility Report
Fish Bite - Sharp Bend Report
Deployment of Buoyant Optical Fiber
Liquid Crystal Polymer MEMS Packaging
Low Cost Hermetic Optical Port Using LCP
Temperature Discoloration Test
Fiber Optics In The Subsea Environment
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