In this interview Jason Fant, Global Market Manager from Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. and Matthew Davis, Lead Research Engineer from Luna Innovations talks to AZoM about using PEEK Thermally Stable coated optical fiber.
Can you give a brief overview of the company and the work you do?
Zeus Industrial Products, Inc., is headquartered in Orangeburg, SC, USA. Its core business is the development and precision extrusion of advanced polymeric materials. The company employs 1,300 people worldwide with manufacturing facilities in Aiken, Gaston, and Orangeburg, South Carolina; Branchburg, New Jersey; and Letterkenny, Ireland. Zeus products and services serve companies in the medical, automotive, aerospace, fiber optics, energy, and fluid management markets.
Why did you decide to develop PEEK as an Optical Fiber Coating?
We decided to look at extruding PEEK as an optical fiber coating based on customer requests. PEEKs strength-to-weight ratio, high service temperature, and radiation resistance make it an interesting material for sensing applications in harsh environments such as energy, aerospace and automotive markets. Applications that would benefit from PEEK include protection for embedded sensors for structural monitoring or composite parts for aerospace. Improved abrasion resistance and ability to transfer strain also make it an attractive offering for downhole or subsea sensing.
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