The Importance of High Quality High Pressure Seals

High temperature oil seals

Although most people do not even realize it, high temperature seals are all around us. And without them, our lives would be radically different from what they are today. Basically, wherever fluid, gas, or air needs to be contained, chances are that high pressure seals are behind that containment. When hot fluid or oil is involved, you can be that high temperature seals are being utilized to prevent leakage. In fact, almost every machine that involves air, gas, or fluid, there is a high temperature seal or high pressure seal involved in its mechanisms.

Even though some high pressure seals and high temperature seals are very simple in design, when they fail, the outcomes can be catastrophic. One of the most infamous events tied to faulty static seals is the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster of January 28, 1986. For those who remember, the investigation of the Challenger explosion revealed that a faulty O ring led to a dangerous leakage of highly flammable rocket fuel. Of course, the rest is history.

If there is one type of high temperature seal to which we all owe a debt, it is probably the head gaskets found in the engines of our automobiles. The head gasket prevents fuel from escaping from the fuel intake and flooding the cylinders. In the event that the head gasket fails, people should be on the horn to their employers ASAP, because their commutes are going to end quickly.

Besides O rings and head gaskets, there are several different kinds of high temperature seals and high temperature oil seals. Some examples of these are peek seals, spring energized seals, rotary seals, and pneumatic seals. We already know that O rings are a type of static seal. Regardless of they type of high pressure seal, however, we should never underestimate how important to our daily lives. The Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy will forever be a testament to the importance of high temperature seals.

Comments

Posted On
Oct 06, 2013
Posted By
Nicholas Walsh

Its funny that so much was made about the cold and what not but I dont remember who made the O-ring and if they received any penalty for it. A lot was talked about the O-ring but not enough.

Posted On
Feb 21, 2014
Posted By
Arianna Dean

They talked about the O-rings a TON on the news for months after the space shuttle blew up. But I nobody was penalized or jailed over it. Hey accidents happen and those are the risks that the astronauts were willing to take.

Posted On
Mar 24, 2014
Posted By
Clair Turner

They talked about the O-rings a TON on the news for months after the space shuttle blew up. But I nobody was penalized or jailed over it. Hey accidents happen and those are the risks that the astronauts were willing to take.

Posted On
Apr 23, 2014
Posted By
Allen Bell

They talked about the O-rings a TON on the news for months after the space shuttle blew up. But I nobody was penalized or jailed over it. Hey accidents happen and those are the risks that the astronauts were willing to take.

Posted On
May 23, 2014
Posted By
Karl PEters

They talked about the O-rings a TON on the news for months after the space shuttle blew up. But I nobody was penalized or jailed over it. Hey accidents happen and those are the risks that the astronauts were willing to take.

Posted On
Jun 22, 2014
Posted By
Clarence Thompson

They talked about the O-rings a TON on the news for months after the space shuttle blew up. But I nobody was penalized or jailed over it. Hey accidents happen and those are the risks that the astronauts were willing to take.

Posted On
Jul 22, 2014
Posted By
Steven McCoy

They talked about the O-rings a TON on the news for months after the space shuttle blew up. But I nobody was penalized or jailed over it. Hey accidents happen and those are the risks that the astronauts were willing to take.

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