Abstract

A fundamental understanding of how reactor parameters influence the fiber surface temperature is essential to manufacturing high quality optical fiber coatings by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). In an attempt to better understand this process, a finite volume model has been developed to study the gas flow and heat transfer of an optical fiber as it travels through a CVD reactor. This study showed that draw speed significantly affects fiber temperature inside the reactor, with temperature changes up to 45% observed under the conditions studied. Multiple heat transfer modes contribute to this phenomena, with convection heat transfer dominating the process.

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