Manufacture of optical fibre preforms

Glass manufacturing – Processes – Forming product or preform from molten glass


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427 39, 427 451, 427163, 427237, C03B 1900, C03B 37025




In the manufacture of a glass optical fibre preform by forming a coating of oxide material on the interior surface of a substrate tube, in particular a coating of silica and one or more dopant oxides on a vitreous silica tube, by causing a reaction to take place between oxygen and the vapor or vapors of one or more compounds such as halides, the reactant vapors are introduced into a perforated tube supported coaxially within the heated substrate tube and pass through the perforations into the annular space between the perforated and substrate tubes, while oxygen, and optionally an additional carrier gas, is passed either into the perforated tube or directly into said space. The coating-forming reaction is caused to take place in said space by generating energy in the space, in the form of a plasma, or a laser beam, and/or heat, and/or gas combustion, whereby the coating is formed simultaneously on the whole heated length of the substrate tube.

patent: 3957474 (1976-05-01), Kobayashi et al.
patent: 4117802 (1978-10-01), Le Sergent et al.
patent: 4125389 (1978-11-01), King
patent: 4233045 (1980-11-01), Sarkar
patent: 4253863 (1981-03-01), Iyengar
patent: 4310340 (1982-01-01), Sarkar


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