Contact status between seal ring and its support: crucial factor in hydrostatic mechanical face seal

Qiang He (State Key Laboratory of Tribology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)
Weifeng Huang (State Key Laboratory of Tribology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)
Ying Liu (State Key Laboratory of Tribology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)
Xiangfeng Liu (State Key Laboratory of Tribology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)
Yongjian Li (State Key Laboratory of Tribology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)
Yuming Wang (State Key Laboratory of Tribology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)

Industrial Lubrication and Tribology

ISSN: 0036-8792

Publication date: 19 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate the influence of the contact status between the seal ring and its support on the seal performance in hydrostatic mechanical face seal.

Design/methodology/approach

A thermal fluid-solid interaction (TFSI) model of hydrostatic mechanical face seal is further developed, in which the multi-body contacts between components are particularly given more attention. The numerical models of the flow field and complete seal assemblies are developed. A specific energy equation is obtained to simplify the calculation of film temperature. Based on the mechanism for the continuity condition of the physical quantities at the fluid–solid interface, the TFSI model uses an on-line iterative coupling method.

Findings

The contact status between seal ring and its support affects the seal performance significantly. The rotating ring and the stationary ring contribute differently because of the contact status difference.

Originality/value

The contact status between the seal ring and the ring seat is key to gain an insight into the performance of the hydrostatic mechanical face seal thus provides guidance for mechanical seal design.

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Citation

He, Q., Huang, W., Liu, Y., Liu, X., Li, Y. and Wang, Y. (2019), "Contact status between seal ring and its support: crucial factor in hydrostatic mechanical face seal", Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILT-04-2018-0138

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