A sealing device utilizing water ice to form a very close-fitting liquid water capillary seal about a rotating shaft has been designed, built, and tested. The experimental shaft diameter was 6 in. (15.24 cm) and it rotated at 600 rpm. The observed leakage rates were below 0.05 cu in/sec (0.8 cu cm/s) for differential pressures up to 600 psi (4150 kPa). The maximum power required to drive the shaft was less than 500 W. A set of basic equations was developed to predict the seal performance. Experimental results indicate the basic equations are sufficiently accurate for future seal designs. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    David Taylor Naval Ship R&D Center

    Bethesda, MD  United States  20084
  • Authors:
    • Harbage, ABJ
  • Publication Date: 1979-10

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  • Pagination: 35 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00313028
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DTNSRDC-79/085 R&D Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1980 12:00AM