Pump Shaft Seals

Face Materials

Pump Seals come in a wide range of designs however the most important factor.

Face Materials

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In-line Pump Seals

The term In-line seals simply refers to seals that are mounted to a shaft or sleeve.

In-line Pump Seals

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Metal Bellows

Metal bellows mechanical seals feature a bellows core made of one of several types...

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PTFE Pump Seals

Mechanical seals often need to be used in chemical applications.

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Outboard Pump Seals:

If an extremely corrosive liquid has satisfactory lubricating properties, an outside pump seal offers an economical alternative to the expensive metallurgies required for an inside seal to resist corrosion. The illustration below shows a typical outside seal arrangement in which only the insert, seal ring and secondary seals are exposed to the product. All these components can be non metallic. The metallic rotary unit parts are exposed to the atmosphere.

Outside pump seals can also be used in equipment with stuffing boxes which will not accommodate inside seals, and they are easier to access for adjustment and trouble-shooting.

The outside mechanical seal does have disadvantages. Because it is exposed, the seal is vulnerable to damage from impact. Of greater importance, however, is an outside pump seal's pressure limitation.

The hydraulic pressure on an unbalanced outside pump seal works to open, rather than to close, the seal faces. The seal, relies upon the springs to maintain face contact. Even though a degree of balance can be designed into a hydraulically balanced outside seal, all outside seals are limited to applications having moderate pressures (150 PSIG maximum, depending on shaft size and speed).

Outboard Pump Seals
PTFE bellows seal
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