, Volume 48, Issue 5, pp 1191-1200
Date: 16 Nov 2012

Mechanical seals with oscillating stator

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Abstract

This paper presents theoretical analyses and experimental investigations of a mechanical seal subjected to axial impulses of one of its mating rings (stator). The amplitude of oscillations of stator depends on the pressure of sealed fluid. The frequency of oscillations is influenced by the geometry of frontal faces of the seal rings and depends on the rotational speed of rotor. The analytical models include the analyses of the static equilibrium of the investigated mechanical seal and the dynamic response of stator. The experimental analysis implies the conception of the testing system, the experimental estimation of the leakage and the measurements of amplitude and frequency of oscillations. During operating time, the experimental variations of leakage of a mechanical seal with oscillating stator are monitored for different rotational speed of rotor. Finite element analysis is used to visualize the stress distribution of stator as a function of the applied forces.