Statistical analysis methods for strength distributions in optical fibers

Stephen N. Kukureka*, Darran R. Cairns

*Corresponding author for this work

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The strength of commercially available silica optical fibers is investigated. Various statistical methods for characterizing the distribution of fiber strength are compared and their validity is assessed by random sampling from a set of experimental data with results generated using a Monte Carlo computer routine. The variation of calculated Weibull parameters with sample size is analyzed. It is shown that for two-point bending tests, and for greater than 50 samples, the maximum likelihood method is the most appropriate for calculating Weibull parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-27
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1999
EventOptical Fiber Reliability and Testing - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: 19 Sept 199920 Sept 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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