Optical Fiber Management Systems Datasheet Now Available
Optical Fiber Jumper System
In underwater operations, optical fiber connections provide the communications path between underwater equipment, facilitate inter-connection of expansion and allow in-situ diagnostics. They require specifically designed underwater connectors capable of repeated connection and disconnection at ocean depths where this equipment is located.
Optical fiber is fragile and requires proper handling and protection from deployment and the effects of temperature and pressure in underwater environments. Flexible oil-filled hose conduits allow the installation and feed-through of optical fibers between underwater connectors whilst protecting them within the oil-filled conduit. Optical fibers can be individual, bundles and/or ribbons. The hose conduit, by design, is flexible to accommodate handling on the surface and underwater by divers or Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV’s), or Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV’s). This flexibility allows the hose to be stored, installed, coiled or uncoiled.
Additionally, the optical fibers require protection from the forces associated with the handling and operation of underwater connectors and consequent movement of the hose conduit, combined with exposure to extreme environmental conditions. This requires special management of the optical fibers within the hose.