The Development of API 682 4th Edition
Tutorial 12: API 682 was first published in 1994 and it became established as the industry leading document for mechanical seals. It promoted proven, high reliability seal solutions across refining markets. As new sealing technologies were developed, the standard was developed further and opened out to chemical, petrochemical and other industries. Published in 2014 the 4th Edition of API 682 continues to promote proven sealing solutions but has been updated to be less prescriptive. This tutorial will discuss changes to the standard for 4th Edition and will provide an insight into the decision making process used by the Task Force.
Bowden, Peter (2016). The Development of API 682 4th Edition. Turbomachinery Laboratories, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station. Available electronically from