Encyclopedia of Tribology

2013 Edition
| Editors: Q. Jane Wang, Yip-Wah Chung

Materials for Mechanical Seals

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-92897-5_126



Materials used for the manufacture of mechanical seal faces. These materials must meet the tribological demands unique to mechanical seals. Industry has evolved primarily to the use of mechanical carbons and ceramics for these components. A mechanical seal (Fig. 1) is by its very nature a collection of components that are designed to control leakage of a fluid through a sealing interface. These components serve a wide variety of functions and correspondingly require a wide range of material properties. Many of these properties, such as mechanical strength, thermal conductivity, or corrosion resistance, are similar to considerations made for many other devices. Some properties, however, are unique to mechanical seals, such as coefficient of...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Principal EngineerFlowserve CorporationDeer ParkUSA
  2. 2.Advanced TechnologyFlowserve CorporationTemeculaUSA