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The moisture sealing performance of slowly reciprocating O-ring seals

Hutt, Simon, Clarke, Alastair ORCID: and Eaton, Mark ORCID: 2023. The moisture sealing performance of slowly reciprocating O-ring seals. Presented at: Leeds Lyon Symposium on Tribology: Tribology for a sustainable future, Leeds, 7-10 September 2023.

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This paper presents an investigation into the moisture sealing performance of short stroke reciprocating O-rings. A rig has been developed to test strokes of 0 to 10 mm. Moisture leak past the seal is detected by humidity sensor. Tests show that when the stroke is short enough to allow the O-ring surface to maintain ‘stick’ with the reciprocating surface, (i.e. no sliding), the seal will be effective. However as soon as slip occurs, the sliding will transport moisture past the seal. The rate of moisture transport increases with stroke length and cycle frequency.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Funders: National Grid
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2024 12:15

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