Theory of the Mechanism of Sealing with Application to Face Seals

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Dennis C. Kuzma

Research Laboratories, General Motors Corporation, Warren, Michigan

J. of Lubrication Tech 91(4), 704-712 (Oct 01, 1969) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3555028 History: Online August 23, 2011


A theory of the mechanism of sealing is presented. This theory accounts for the load carrying capacity of the seal and allows a pressure gradient to be maintained across the seal with no leakage. The theory is applied to a simple face seal. The results agree with many experimentally observed phenomena.

Copyright © 1969 by ASME
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