Abstract

Seals are used in rotary and linear motion applications as barriers to protect components and equipment from hazardous materials and particulates. Although studies have presented research to characterize seals under rotary motion, performance of seals under linear motion have not been studied in details. In this research paper we will present a test rig and a systematic approach to understand and characterize seals under different conditions for linear motions. We investigate the effects of temperature, pressure and compression (squeeze) on force requirement. These factors are important for applications in oil and gas, manufacturing, combustion to name a few. A unique setup is built to test and gather information on different parameters to characterize seal behavior. Results from the study will be useful for design of components that use seals.

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