Industrial seals are designed to prevent leakage, while helping to combine systems or mechanisms together. While seals created for ambient and low temperatures are not extremely difficult, creating seals for high temperature applications is a challenge. This is because standard sealing materials cannot perform well in such conditions for long periods of time. This can result in leakage. Hence, it is important to choose the right manufacturing materials to ensure prolonged seal performance in high temperature applications.
Applications with high temperatures can include ethylene production, steam and gas turbines, solid oxide fuel cells, and industrial exhaust systems. Such applications comprise immense levels of heat, aggressive chemicals, and strong transfer fluids. Due to these elements, the temperatures can be of at least 400oF or above. Traditional sealing materials like mica or graphite lose their physical integrity, and their performance diminishes quickly in such environments. This can result in total leakage, which can be lead to a shutdown, and downtime.
The right type of sealing material can make a huge difference to the performance of an industrial seal in an application. Seal manufacturers recommend the following materials for high temperature applications:
A successful sealing product depends on the collaboration between the customer and the manufacturer. Customers should provide the right information to ensure that the right material is used, and the manufacturing process is completed precisely. This can lead to the creation of high quality and durable industrial seals.
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