Test results are presented for rotordynamic characteristics of hole-pattern-stator annular gas seals at a 70 bar supply pressures with a running speed of 20,200 rpm. Leakage results are presented for these conditions and the additional speeds: 10,200 and 15,300 rpm. Hole-depth is the principal test variable of interest. Most published annular test data for these seals have a hole diameter of 3.175 mm and a hole depth of 3.302 mm. For this work, with the 3.175 mm hole diameter, additional results are presented for shallow (1.905 mm) and deep (6.604 mm) hole depths. Test results show a pronounced dependence of leakage and rotordynamic behavior on hole depth. Test results show much better leakage performance for the shallow-hole-depth seal in both leakage and rotordynamic performance. Compressor manufacturers and users will need to decide whether this observed performance improvement is worth trying in real machines.

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