Improved Mechanical Seal Design for High Temperature/Light Slurry Applications
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Extracting hydrocarbon products in oil sand formations requires high pressure to drive fluid out of the formation and to move the products out to production. The pump models that fit this operating envelope are not common in abrasive services. Mechanical seals that are normally installed in these pumps types are commonly API 682 type designs and are not well suited to handle abrasives. This case study reviews an application where a bad actor conventional seal was replaced by a hybrid seal design to handle a high temperature, light slurry process while still providing low barrier fluid consumption.
Martin, Jose; Riché, Chris (2016). Improved Mechanical Seal Design for High Temperature/Light Slurry Applications. Turbomachinery Laboratories, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station. Available electronically from