splice closure

A usually weatherproof encasement, commonly made of tough plastic, that envelops the exposed area between spliced cables, i.e., where the jackets have been removed to expose the individual transmission media, optical or metallic, to be joined. Note 1: The closure usually contains some device or means to maintain continuity of the tensile strength members of the cables involved, and also may maintain electrical continuity of metallic armor, and/or provide external connectivity to such armor for electrical grounding. Note 2: In the case of fiber optic cables, it also contains a splice organizer to facilitate the splicing process and protect the exposed fibers from mechanical damage. Note 3: In addition to the seals at its seams and points of cable entry, the splice closure may be filled with an encapsulant to further retard the entry of water. [After FAA] Synonym yyclosure.