Methane (CH4) is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emitted in the U.S. In 2013, CH4 accounted for about 10 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. Methane's...
Compression packings have suffered from a reputation of being an old-fashioned technology unsuited to modern industrial processes. In the case of rotating equipment, they are largely superseded by...
The addition of five new styles of rubber expansion joints (REJs) within the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) technical handbook has increased the opportunities for the selection and application of...
End users should be aware of the latest standards revisions to employ the most up-to-date valve sealing practices.
These seals and their piping plans offer a simpler alternative to wet containment systems.
Many associations, societies and regulatory agencies have rewritten and redeveloped emissions and leakage standards and controls year after year. The partial list of organizations—based on voluntary...
Compression packing used as a valve stem seal requires a compressive load. The appropriate compressive load can be accomplished by the most common method—to compress the packing by a fixed...
What is the sealing technology of choice for water and wastewater treatment?
FSA Sealing Sense: August 2012
How can I compare the performance of pump packing?
FSA Sealing Sense February 2012
Why don’t my PTFE gaskets seal FRP, plastic and other light load flanges?This month’s “Sealing Sense” was prepared by FSA member Charlie MiskellManufacturers and distributors of PTFE gaskets...
Part One Last month, "carbon/graphite fiber" braided packings were shown to be effective solutions to many common sealing applications. But the questions remain: Are there packing materials that...
What are the considerations in applying mechanical seals to abrasive slurry applications? Many process industries are confronted with pumping abrasive slurries of various types.  This article...
In today's global environment, the "one size fits all" approach is used for so many products that we expect it to apply to just about everything. In the mechanical seal industry, one problem with that...
Two imperatives for many of today's industrial plants are to reduce the cost of operations through the enhancement of rotating equipment reliability and enhanced energy efficiency of pumping systems. ...
This month's Sealing Sense was submitted by FSA member Steve Stratton, edited by Pete Petrunich. Successfully sealing bolted flange connections depends on all the components of a well-designed...
Controlling the load is essential to ensuring the gasketed joint will seal properly. Previous Sealing Sense articles have examined the types of gaskets to use, how flange finish affects gasket sealing...
How do I prevent galvanic corrosion in my packing gland?
Galvanic corrosion is an electrochemical process that occurs between two dissimilar metals, or between a metal and a conductive non-metallic material, when both are exposed to an electrically...
In today's economic climate, it has become increasingly important to reduce processing costs. Premature pump failures can easily lead to thousands of dollars in maintenance and operations losses. Site...
How does thermal expansion influence the application of PTFE packing?
For many years, industry has recognized the inherent benefits of braided packings produced from PTFE fiber. Low coefficient of friction and outstanding chemical stability make it well-suited for...
Five performance factors affect the life of a mechanical seal and guide the determination of an optimum replacement cycle for that seal. They also lead to improved seal life and mean time between...
Q. How Will the P3-A Equipment Standards Affect You? A. The pharmaceutical industry has frequently cited 3-A sanitary standards (used primarily in dairy and other food processing) when specifying...
Over the years, the FSA Gasket Division has explored many specific sealing and gasketing issues in Sealing Sense. Regardless of all the insights provided, chances are that users of gaskets will be...
What Are the Basics of Applying Expansion Joints?
Elastomeric expansion joints serve many functions in modern piping systems including absorbing all directional movements, reducing noise and vibration, resisting shock, relieving pipe and anchor...
The use of gas lubricated mechanical seals in pumps has increased for a variety of reasons. This two part article will address the principles of gas seals, some basic application questions, what to...
Anyone considering the use of ePTFE/graphite packing in a plant environment needs to know its basic characteristics, including its manufacturing process and potential benefits and pitfalls. This...
What are the challenges with sealing water applications?
 Water is the most abundant liquid on the Earth's surface and is vital to many aspects of our daily lives. For these reasons, a wide variety of fluid handling applications involve transporting...
What Are the Most Energy Efficient Pump Packing Environmental Control Systems?
Compression packing has continuously been used to seal pump shafts in many applications. For most applications, the packing relies on the product itself for lubrication and cooling. In some...
The purpose of a mechanical seal is to prevent leakage but all seals leak to some controlled degree. However, it is important to note that this minimal leakage can be so restricted that specific...