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Stack Seal Sets Hold Up for High-Pressure Hydraulic Pump

A.W. Chesterton
Chesterton Stack Seal Sets Hold Up for High-Pressure Hydraulic Pump (3)

Stack Seal Sets Hold Up for High-Pressure Hydraulic Pump

Challenge

As part of pipeline services, a customer runs pigging systems to clear lines of unwanted materials and also inspects for corrosion. These systems must be cleaned of debris on a regular basis with high-pressure water- based cleaners fed by reciprocating positive displacement pumps. Seals for these pumps must be leak tight and low friction with high cycle performance to handle the pressure which can exceed 35 MPa (5000 psi).

Chesterton Stack Seal Sets Hold Up for High-Pressure Hydraulic Pump (3)

A hydraulic power unit.

Solution

Chesterton Series 500 (521) Stacked Seal Sets were installed in the gland to seal against the shaft. The primary seal element was a Spring-Energized Seal (SES) backed by redundant v-rings. Seal materials were made from wear-resistant carbon/graphite filled PTFE. A backup ring made of PEEK was included to prevent seal extrusion under high-pressure. A PEEK hat ring was used to prevent SES damage due to back pressure.

Chesterton Stack Seal Sets Hold Up for High-Pressure Hydraulic Pump (3)

Chesterton Series 500 (521) Stacked Seal Set.

Results

Seal performance was verified through functional trial in the positive displacement pumps of the hydraulic power unit.

The Chesterton Series 500 (521) Stacked Seal Sets provided successful sealing for five years before replacement was necessary.

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