Analytical Investigation of the Spiral Groove Face Seal

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H. J. Sneck, J. F. McGovern

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N. Y.

J. of Lubrication Tech 95(4), 499-510 (Oct 01, 1973) (12 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3451864 History: Received October 24, 1972; Online October 18, 2010


An analytical investigation of both a simplified and a comprehensive mathematical model of a spiral groove face seal, using the “narrow seal” approximation. The sealing fluid is assumed to be incompressible and Newtonian. The inertial effects associated with seal curvature are incorporated in the comprehensive model. The results of the analysis are programmed for computer computation in order to facilitate their application in parametric design studies. Performance characteristics are calculated for some particular seal designs.

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