Seal Condition Monitoring Principles
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As many of you have experienced throughout your career, Mechanical Seals are the number 1 failed component within pumps. So, how do we fix that? In this tutorial, we will discuss why seals are the # 1 failed component, but most importantly, discuss how to effectively monitor the condition of mechanical seals. Effective Mechanical Seal Monitoring will revolve the 3 steps: Is the pump operating within its EROE? Seal Chamber Condition. Seal Flush System Monitoring. You are probably asking what EROE is at this point. It is the one thing that is overlooked many times when monitoring mechanical seal condition and can greatly affect the life of a mechanical seal. We will define EROE and how it affects mechanical seal life, as well as discuss the other steps required to effectively monitor mechanical seals.
Forsthoffer, Michael (2011). Seal Condition Monitoring Principles. Turbomachinery Laboratory, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station. Available electronically from