A Powerful Application And Troubleshooting Method For Mechanical Seals
Understanding the possible thermodynamic paths that a sealed fluid can follow as it goes from stuffingbox conditions, across the seal faces, and then exits to the atmosphere is a basic, but often overlooked, aspect of seal application and trouble-shooting. Coupling thermodynamics with hydrostatic stability results in a powerful seal analysis method. Procedures to chart the fluid thermodynamic path and to calculate seal stability enable one to modify pump design, seal flush plans, and seal geometry, to ensure successful seal operation. Possible scenarios and a case history provide working examples.
Will, Thomas P. (1985). A Powerful Application And Troubleshooting Method For Mechanical Seals. Turbomachinery Laboratories, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from