Accession Number : ADA019379

Title :   An Approach to the Estimation of Life Cycle Costs of a Fiber-Optic Application in Military Aircraft.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Personal Author(s) : McGrath,John Michael ; Michna,Kenneth Ralph

Report Date : SEP 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 163

Abstract : As significant technological advances in fiber optics and optical data transmission methods are being made, it is necessary to develop appropriate methods for estimating life cycle costs for alternative coaxial/twisted pair wire and optical fiber avionics. Measures of effectiveness are suggested for each alternative system. An approach, which structures the technological and demand uncertainties of fiber optics, is developed through scenarios as a means of relating cost and effectiveness. It is suggested that Delphi and experience curve techniques be used in conjunction with ordered scenarios as a technological forecasting technique for estimation of life cycle costs of fiber optics. In addition, a review of the historical and technological background of fiber optics and their application to the Naval Electronics Laboratory Center (NELC) A-7 Airborne Light Optical Fiber Technology (ALOFT) Program is included.

Descriptors :   *Fiber optics, *Optical materials, *Life cycle costs, Military aircraft, Signal processing, Cables, Optical waveguides, Light emitting diodes, Cost effectiveness, Waveguide couplers, Optical glass, Economic analysis, Delphi techniques, Forecasting, Theses, Attack bombers, Jet bombers, Avionics

Subject Categories : Bombers
      Attack and Fighter Aircraft
      Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE