- The definition of cladding is a layer of metal connected to a layer of a different metal, or the process that connected them.
An example of cladding is stainless steel connected to aluminum in a cooking pot.
cladding definition by Webster's New World
- a layer of some metal or alloy bonded to another metal
- the process of bonding such materials
Origin: see clad
cladding definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A metal coating bonded onto another metal under high pressure and temperature.
- The process of forming such a coating.
- A protective or insulating layer fixed to the outside of a building or another structure.
Origin: Earlier, clothing, possibly from clad2.
cladding - Computer Definition
- A metal coating bonded onto another metal for protective purposes or to alter its conductive properties. Copper-clad aluminum coaxial cables sometimes are used in long-haul CATV distribution networks, for example. Coax cables sometimes are tinned or silvered, as well. See also coaxial cable.
- The layer or layers of glass that surround the core of a glass optical fiber (GOF).The cladding serves as a waveguide that variously reflects or steers the light signal back into the core, which is the central and primary light conducting portion of a glass fiber. Step-index fiber is characterized by a sharp decrease in the index of refraction (IOR) between the core and cladding, i.e., the cladding is sharply clearer or purer than the core material.This sharp step of approximately one percent in IOR at the core/cladding interface causes any errant light rays to reflect back into the core in a phenomenon known as total internal reflection. Graded-index fiber is characterized by a gradual decrease in the refractive index of the cladding through a great many layers of successively clearer glass.This approach causes the errant light rays to gradually gain in velocity and bend, or refract, back towards the core. Step-index construction is used largely in singlemode fiber (SMF) and graded-index construction in multimode fiber (MMF). See also core, GOF, laser diode, LED, MMF, reflection, refraction, SMF, and total internal reflection.
The plastic or glass sheath that is fused to and surrounds the core of an optical fiber. The cladding's mirror-like coating keeps the light waves reflected inside the core. The cladding is covered with a protective outer jacket. See fiber optics glossary.
Variant of clad
- to face the surface of: to clad a tower in marble
- to bond a layer of another metal to
- clothed; dressed
- having a layer of some other metal or of an alloy bonded to it: clad steel, clad coins