Seals and Sealing Handbook


  • Robert Flitney, CEng. MIMechE
  • Robert Flitney, CEng. MIMechE

Wherever machinery operates there will be seals of some kind ensuring that the machine remains lubricated, the fluid being pumped does not leak, or the gas does not enter the atmosphere. Seals are ubiquitous, in industry, the home, transport and many other places. This 5th edition of a long-established title covers all types of seal by application: static, rotary, reciprocating etc. The book bears little resemblance to its predecessors, and Robert Flitney has re-planned and re-written every aspect of the subject. No engineer, designer or manufacturer of seals can afford to be without this unique resource.
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Designers, manufacturers and end-users of seals throughout the following industries: pumps, motors, piping, filtration, oil, gas, water, process industries, hydraulic, pneumatic, marine, automotive and power generation. Plant and maintenance engineers, specifiers, consultants.


Book information

  • Published: August 2007
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-1-85617-461-9

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: general terms, typical application areas, comparison of seals and bearings, critical factors to control leakage2. Static seals: Elastomer seal basics, O-Rings etc, Plastics, Fibrous gaskets, Metal Gaskets3.Rotary Seals: Elastomer and plastic lip seals, higher pressure designs, special purpose types. Mechanical seals: traditional 'wet' seals, volume types and process seals, 'dry' seals, gas seals and their derivatives. Clearnce seals: Labyrinth, Visco, Brush seals etc. Packings: rotary applications, pumps etc.4. Reciprocating seals: Elastomer and plastic: design, application, performance. Metal: piston rings etc. Clearance seals, segmented ring seals etc. Packings: application area, plunger pumps etc. Valve and pump packings5. Materials: elastomers, plastics, mechanical seal materials, gasket materials.Each section will also contain a beginner's failure guide plus a selection guide, giving +ve and -ve points for each seal type for a specific application