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