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Oil-in-water emulsion impregnated electrospun poly(ethylene terephthalate) fiber mat as a novel tool for optical fiber cleaning

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Hypothesis: The complete removal of remaining polymer debris after stripping of optical fiber cables is essential for high precision connection between two fibers. It can be anticipated that electrospun porous membranes as cleaning wipes are able to trap and retain polymer debris within their pores. Impregnation of an oil-in-water emulsion as cleaning agent lowers the interfacial tension between debris and the optical fiber thereby enabling the straightforward removal of polymer debris from the optical fiber. Experiments: Electrospun membranes of poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) and cellulose acetate (CA) were obtained with fiber diameters of 0.430 lm and 2 lm respectively. The oil-in-water emulsion was formulated with 10 wt% medium chain triglyceride (MCT) and 10 wt% Tween 80 surfactant in an aqueous phosphate buffer solution. Findings: In a scoring range from 0 to 5 for which the score 0 indicated superior cleaning and the score 5 referred to the least efficient cleaning, the electrospun fiber mats (without emulsion) scored within the range of 2–4 while emulsion impregnated electrospun fiber mats revealed the best score of 0. A drastic improvement was thus clearly evident from the obtained results when the cleaning emulsion was applied. The materials developed herein thus represent a new class of soft cleaning agents for optical fibers.
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Electrospinning, Poly(ethylene terephthalate), Polymer fibers, Medium chain triglycerides, Oil-in-water emulsion, Cleaning emulsion, Optical fiber

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Devlaminck, Dries, M.M. Rahman, M. Dash, K.S. Samal, J. Watte, S. Van Vliergerghe, and P. Dubruel. 2018. “Oil-in-water Emulsion Impregnated Electrospun Poly(ethylene Terephthalate) Fiber Mat as a Novel Tool for Optical Fiber Cleaning.” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 520: 64–69.
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Devlaminck, Dries, Rahman, M. M., Dash, M., Samal, K. S., Watte, J., Van Vliergerghe, S., & Dubruel, P. (2018). Oil-in-water emulsion impregnated electrospun poly(ethylene terephthalate) fiber mat as a novel tool for optical fiber cleaning. JOURNAL OF COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE, 520, 64–69.
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Devlaminck D, Rahman MM, Dash M, Samal KS, Watte J, Van Vliergerghe S, et al. Oil-in-water emulsion impregnated electrospun poly(ethylene terephthalate) fiber mat as a novel tool for optical fiber cleaning. JOURNAL OF COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE. 2018;520:64–9.
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Devlaminck, Dries, M.M. Rahman, M. Dash, et al. “Oil-in-water Emulsion Impregnated Electrospun Poly(ethylene Terephthalate) Fiber Mat as a Novel Tool for Optical Fiber Cleaning.” JOURNAL OF COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE 520 (2018): 64–69. Print.
@article{8561347,
  abstract     = {Hypothesis: The complete removal of remaining polymer debris after stripping of optical fiber cables is
essential for high precision connection between two fibers. It can be anticipated that electrospun porous
membranes as cleaning wipes are able to trap and retain polymer debris within their pores. Impregnation
of an oil-in-water emulsion as cleaning agent lowers the interfacial tension between debris and the optical
fiber thereby enabling the straightforward removal of polymer debris from the optical fiber.
Experiments: Electrospun membranes of poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) and cellulose acetate (CA)
were obtained with fiber diameters of 0.430 lm and 2 lm respectively. The oil-in-water emulsion was
formulated with 10 wt\% medium chain triglyceride (MCT) and 10 wt\% Tween 80 surfactant in an aqueous
phosphate buffer solution.
Findings: In a scoring range from 0 to 5 for which the score 0 indicated superior cleaning and the score 5
referred to the least efficient cleaning, the electrospun fiber mats (without emulsion) scored within the
range of 2--4 while emulsion impregnated electrospun fiber mats revealed the best score of 0. A drastic
improvement was thus clearly evident from the obtained results when the cleaning emulsion was
applied. The materials developed herein thus represent a new class of soft cleaning agents for optical
fibers.},
  author       = {Devlaminck, Dries and Rahman, M.M. and Dash, M.  and Samal, K.S. and Watte, J. and Van Vliergerghe, S. and Dubruel, P.},
  issn         = {0021-9797 },
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE},
  keyword      = {Electrospinning,Poly(ethylene terephthalate),Polymer fibers,Medium chain triglycerides,Oil-in-water emulsion,Cleaning emulsion,Optical fiber},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {64--69},
  title        = {Oil-in-water emulsion impregnated electrospun poly(ethylene terephthalate) fiber mat as a novel tool for optical fiber cleaning},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2018.02.035},
  volume       = {520},
  year         = {2018},
}

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