Underwater Cables and Connectors, IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society Technology Committee on

Underwater Cables and Connectors, IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society Technology Committee on

The technology foci of the Underwater Cables and Connectors Technology Committee are engineering activities and products associated with underwater telecommunications and cables including those that use optical fibers. The fiber optic telecommunications focus subsumes systems, networks, and underwater observatories, including transoceanic and festooned fiber applications, and the revitalization and reuse of first- and second-generation fiber optic technologies for acoustic information and data transfer for scientific ocean engineering.

Also included in the focus are development and use of underwater vehicles for repair, observation, and maintenance of underwater cable technology and associated sub-systems. The connectors focus recognizes that connections to instruments and to one another must sometimes be made underwater, not simply submerged after being assembled in air. The underwater connector is a highly evolved, relatively expensive component used extensively in ocean engineering. The connector focus thus involves various materials, their electrical and mechanical properties, long-term integrity in a harsh environment, and operations involving disassembly, sometimes underwater, and the recovery of separated cables and instruments for potential redeployment. Also included in the focus are seals, marine corrosion, watertight integrity, electrical and optical continuity, and impedance matching, all of which may be critical in such devices. The committee provides a focal point for technical information exchange and promotes cooperation and coordination among fiber optic component manufacturers, connector manufacturers, and installers serving the telecommunications, ocean science, oil and gas industry, government, and special applications communities.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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