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Technetics Provides Optimal Sealing Solution


Technetics Provides Optimal Sealing Solution

Why Technetics HELICOFLEX® Delta seal was the perfect match for Berkley National Laboratory

The Advanced Light Source is a research facility at Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (Berkley Lab) working to advance science through its synchrotron light source capabilities. As a part of its Advanced Light Source Upgrade, Berkley Lab needed a sealing solution for its accumulator ring. The upgrade called for a UHV sealing solution appropriate for a synchrotron, with a seal located at the Beam Position Monitor (BPM) housing. The specifications for the application included a leak rate of 1×10-9 cc/sec He atm and temperatures of 25ºC operating and 180ºC bake-out for 1 hour each startup. Furthermore, Berkley Lab required 4 seals for each of the 72 assemblies of the seal, for a total of 288 seals needed for the initial startup of this application.   

Due to the existing relationship between Berkley Lab and Technetics Group as well as Technetics’ involvement for several years in the Advanced Light Source “Kicker Box” assembly, the expertise and industry experience of Technetics was trusted for this application. After being invited to conduct a metal seal educational presentation, Technetics received the Accumulator Ring BPM application from Berkley Lab.  

The HELICOFLEX® DELTA seal was identified as an optimal solution for this application. It incorporates two small ridges, or “Deltas,” on the face of the seal. The high-contact stress in the seal track makes the HELICOFLEX® DELTA seal an excellent choice for ultra-high vacuum applications that require ultra-low Helium leak rates. After the prototype order was received and pump down testing successfully completed, Technetics received additional prototype orders with the expectation of MRO demands every 2 years.  


Design process goes above and beyond

Design Process That Goes Above and Beyond


Design Process That Goes Above and Beyond

Qualiseal wins over customers with custom design, verification, and field testing. In-house lab testing shortens the validation process by a factor of years. A rigorous design and review process provides customers with peace of mind. The team maintains the relationship with superior customer service.

An Aerospace Spin on Non-contacting Seal Technology

Non-Contacting Sealing Technology Reduces Wear, Heat, Increases Life Expectancy
Design features in the face of the mating ring force fluid (air, gas) into a converging gap in the sealing face. As the pressure builds, the faces separate.

Qualiseal® Circumferential Segmented Seals Solid

Radial Shaft Seal


Radial Shaft Seal


In certain extreme applications, a part made of individual segments may meet your critical performance requirements better than a single-piece unit.


QUALISEAL® SEGMENTED SEALS

Segmented seals ride directly along the shaft and are primarily used in low-pressure applications.

These seals contain a series of segmented carbon rings which contact the shaft or rotor. Segments inside the seal housing are kept in the proper location by anti-rotation keys or pins. A secondary seal is formed by the axial spring loading of the seal rings against the internal surface of the housing face. During movement, a continuous seal is always in contact with either the primary or secondary sealing surfaces.


Product Applications


  • Aerospace Industry
  • Industrial Industry
Ideal For:
  • Gas seals and for sealing low-pressure liquids

Features & Benefits


Benefits:
  • Tolerance to unlimited shaft axial movement
  • Prevents oil and contaminant migration into the process gas side
  • Leakage rates remain constant over the life of the seal
Features:
  • Rides directly along the shaft
  • Special gap segments permit the seal to adjust dimensionally for minimal leakage
  • Compression and garter springs ensure that segments remain in contact with mating surfaces during low delta pressure and shutdown conditions
Design Configurations:
  • Various seal ring segment configurations
  • Pressure-balanced segments
  • Fractured rings
  • Multiple seal labyrinth
  • Internally pressurized seal
  • Internally vented seal

QUALISEAL® CONTROLLED GAP/BUSHING

Really two pieces in one, Qualiseal® Controlled Gap/Bushing seals are the best solution when pressure is an issue.

Controlled gap or bushing seals are comprised of a carbon insert that is shrink-fitted into a separate retaining band. This floating circumferential ring assembly grows at a rate similar to that of the shaft when exposed to elevated temperatures.

Under normal operating conditions, the pressure on the airside is higher than the pressure on the oil side. This creates some air leakage through the controlled gap between the carbon ring and shaft. The differential air pressure, along with the spring load, provide the closing force necessary to maintain contact between the carbon and housing secondary sealing face. Meanwhile, the shaft turns freely within the carbon ring.

The seal design also features a unique stabilizer ring with fins which minimize stress on the carbon ring, thereby maintaining the roundness of the circumferential ring assembly. The dimensional tolerance of the critical inside diameter of the bushing ring is tightly controlled to minimize leakage variations.


Product Applications


  • Aerospace Industry
  • Industrial Industry
Ideal For:
  • High-pressure applications
  • Also suitable for sealing low-pressure liquids

Features & Benefits


Benefits:
  • Minimal leakage in an exceptionally wide temperature range
  • Tolerance to unlimited shaft axial movement
  • Very long life
  • Very low heat generation
Features:
  • Rides on a buffer that centers the ring and minimizes seal-to-shaft contact
  • Available in a wide variety of materials suitable to a broad range of applications
  • Often paired with other seals to create sealing systems that meet demanding requirements
Design Configurations:
  • Single seal for dual pressure conditions
  • Spring-loaded double back-to-back seal
  • Separable designs to facilitate replacement and/or rework of internal components
  • Double tandem seal arrangement for sealing a combination of liquids and gases
  • Multiple labyrinth ring assemblies
  • Housing for mounting directly onto equipment case


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How a Metal Seal Works


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HELICOFLEX® Spring Energized Seal

HELICOFLEX® Resilient Metal Seal


HELICOFLEX® Resilient Metal Seal


The HELICOFLEX® seal is a high performance, flexible metal seal that has exceptional compression and elastic recovery properties. This seal is composed of a close wound helical spring surrounded by one or more metal jackets. The spring is designed to have a specific compression resistance. During compression, the resulting specific pressure forces the jacket to yield and fill the flange imperfections while ensuring positive contact with the flange sealing faces. Each coil of the helical spring acts independently and allows the seal to conform to surface irregularities on the flange surface.

HELICOFLEX® design flexibility allows Technetics engineers to customize the seal characteristics to match each unique application.




Features & Benefits


  • Highest sealing level performance on the market, depending on the sealing load, the surface finish, and the surface treatment
  • Excellent corrosion resistance
  • Wide range of materials: from standard to specific and/or rare
  • Special materials on demand for coatings: wide range of materials available, from standard to specific and/or rare (see details below in “Specifications” section)
  • Extended lifetime and more
  • Excellent radiation resistance
  • Compatible with NACE MR 0175
  • Ø 4 to 8000 mm
  • Ø 1,5 to 40 mm cross-section
  • Adaptable to all types of sealing surfaces (triple faces, radial, shaped, and more)
  • Adaptable to all standards flanges (PNEUROP, ANSI, ISO, and more)




Product Applications


  • Nuclear: reactor pressure vessels, control rods, primary pumps, pressurizers, spent fuel casks, transportation casks
  • Valves: body/bonnet sealing, seat sealing
  • Oil and gas: hydraulics, subsea couplings, subsea Christmas trees, subsea compressors, electronic submersible pumps, flow meters
  • Life sciences: imaging & scanning systems
  • Ultra-high vacuum: accelerators & fusion research
  • Semiconductor chamber, exhaust and other applications in PVD/CVD/etch and lithography processes
  • Gas/chemical delivery systems
  • Automotive: engine, exhaust gas


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CEFIL’AIR® Inflatable Seals

CEFIL’AIR® Inflatable Seals


CEFIL’AIR® Inflatable Seals


Pneumatic seals offer the easiest, safest and most effective way of sealing parts that move in relation to one another and need to be connected and disconnected. CEFIL’AIR® seals, which are expanded and retracted by a pneumatic process, feature a patented design that employs advanced elastomers and modern manufacturing techniques to meet the requirements of numerous applications.

BIO-GUARDIAN® SEALS: essential to the medical, pharmaceutical and food industries, the BIO-GUARDIAN® sealing solution prevents bacterial and microbial growth on equipment and materials. The BIO-GUARDIAN® solution can be used in CEFIL’AIR® inflatable seals to meet the needs of demanding hygienic applications.


Features & Benefits


  • Expand and retract with movement of fluids (pneumatic or hydraulic)
  • No seal stress during opening and closing phases
  • Large material selection: Silicone, SBR, EPDM, FKM, HNBR, which offer highly resistant mechanical and physical properties to ensure a long lifetime and numerous operating cycles
  • Highly flexible design: available in a large selection of shapes and sizes
  • BIO-GUARDIAN ® elastomers prevent the development of bacteria and biofilm formation
  • Laser marking for complete traceability
  • RFID chip can be included for traceability & reliability
  • Can be used for moving, handling, holding or clamping, particularly large, fragile or complex objects



Product Applications


  • Movable cofferdam bulkheads
  • Storage and transport containers
  • Leak-tight panels (naval, aerospace industry)
  • Nuclear vessels (equipment or personnel chambers)
  • Isothermal chambers
  • Clean rooms
  • Phonic isolation
  • Sliding or quick-locking doors (autoclaves, sterilizers)
  • Centrifugal filters (access doors and drainage hoppers)
  • Aircraft access doors
  • Cockpit canopies
  • Portholes
  • Cofferdams
  • Pneumatic conveyors (bagging hoppers, valve gates)


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