Fiber optics contributes towards safety
The use of fiber optics inside aircraft not only offers interesting ways of designing interiors. Data transmission is yet another area of future application. Glass fibers offer numerous advantages over conventional electric cables, when it comes to transmitting information. That is particularly important with respect to aviation safety. Glass fibers hardly age and are extremely resistant to both chemicals and changes in temperature. If a connection is damaged, glass fiber cannot cause dangerous sparks, unlike electric cables. This issue has contributed towards airplane accidents in the past.
Furthermore, the cable requirements inside aircraft are increasing in terms of their complexity, due to more and more advanced infotainment systems, for example. Here, as well, fiber optics could help substantially to relieve this situation. This is particularly true of a new development from SCHOTT. The company has developed new cable casings made of woven glass and silk for use in fiber optic waveguides. The material used is inflammable and, therefore, represents an ideal solution for the growing global demand for cable.
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