Technical Support

Technical Support

Properly applying pumps can be a complex business. In this section you'll find information that can help in understanding pump basics, fluid dynamics, and other relevant information that can help in the process.

Mechanical Seal Arrangements


This is the most common type of mechanical seal. These seals are easily modified to accommodate seal flush plans and can be balanced to withstand high seal environment pressures. Recommended for relatively clear non-corrosive and corrosive liquids with satisfactory' lubricating properties where cost of operation does not exceed that of a double seal. Examples are Dura RO and CBR and Crane 9T and 215. Reference Conventional Seal.


If an extremely corrosive liquid has good lubricating properties, an outside seal offers an economical alternative to the expensive metal required for an inside seal to resist corrosion. The disadvantage is that it is exposed outside of the pump which makes it vulnerable to damage from impact and hydraulic pressure works to open the seal faces so they have low pressure limits (balanced or unbalanced).



This arrangement is recommended for liquids that are not compatible with a single mechanical seal (i.e. liquids that are toxic, hazardous [regulated by the EPA], have suspended abrasives, or corrosives which require costly materials). The advantages of the double seal are that it can have five times the life of a single seal in severe environments. Also, the metal inner seal parts are never exposed to the liquid product being pumped, so viscous, abrasive, or thermosetting liquids are easily sealed without a need for expensive metallurgy. In addition, recent testing has shown that double seal life is virtually unaffected by process upset conditions during pump operation. A significant advantage of using a double seal over a single seal.

The final decision between choosing a double or single seal comes down to the initial cost to purchase the seal, cost of operation of the seal, and environmental and user plant emission standards for leakage from seals. Examples are Dura double RO and X-200 and Crane double 811T.



Very similar to cartridge double seals ... sealing involves an inert gas, like nitrogen, to act as a surface lubricant and coolant in place of a liquid barrier system or external flush required with conventional or cartridge double seals. This concept was developed because many barrier fluids commonly used with double seals can no longer be used due to new emission regulations. The gas barrier seal uses nitrogen or air as a harmless and inexpensive barrier fluid that helps prevent product emissions to the atmosphere and fully complies with emission regulations. The double gas barrier seal should be considered for use on toxic or hazardous liquids that are regulated or in situations where increased reliability is the required on an application. Examples are Dura GB2OO, GF2OO, and Crane 2800.



Due to health, safety, and environmental considerations, tandem seals have been used for products such as vinyl chloride, carbon monoxide, light hydrocarbons, and a wide range of other volatile, toxic, carcinogenic, or hazardous liquids.

Tandem seals eliminate icing and freezing of light hydrocarbons and other liquids which could fall below the atmospheric freezing point of water in air (32? F or 0? C). {Typical buffer liquids in these applications are ethylene glycol, methanol, and propanol.) A tandem also increases online reliability. If the primary seal fails, the outboard seal can take over and function until maintenance of the equipment can be scheduled. Examples are Dura TMB-73 and tandem PTO.

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