A few specific aspects must be considered when sealing a pump in a wastewater treatment facility. First, routine, axial adjustments to the impeller are needed to maintain the pump’s efficiency when handling solids. When such an adjustment is made, the seal must be able to accommodate this axial movement. Depending on the type of mechanical seal—component or cartridge—additional steps/care may have to be taken. The second aspect involves cleaning the seal chamber before shutdown. The seal chamber can trap solids that could cause problems during the next startup if not removed adequately.
Image 2. Typical split seal design--open.
Image 3. Typical split seal design--closed.
As our population continues to grow, the volume of wastewater to be treated and the number of wastewater treatment facilities will increase. Protecting our environment and producing usable byproducts from wastewater benefits everyone. Mechanical seals will continue to play a key role in making this possible and cost effective through the use of proper designs, materials and environmental controls. Contact a local seal manufacturer or distributor for more information or assistance on the specific needs of an application.
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