Our shallow hydropad seals live up to your demands.
Rexnord® Shallow Hydropad Seals offer a single-seal solution for applications with highsurface speed and low-pressure differential requirements. Our designs can be customized to meet the most demanding surface speed applications while offering outstanding performance, long life and extraordinary value.
Theory of operation
Rexnord Shallow Hydropad Seals are designed for non-contacting use in a variety of fluid environments. They feature a lubricating gas film between the seal nose face and the mating ring to reduce wear and mechanical and thermal damage, while increasing the reliability of the seal. The film is formed as the shaft rotates and gas is forced into the converging gaps between the shallow hydropad seals on the mating ring and the seal nose. The end result is increased pressure at the seal interface that develops hydrodynamic lift which helps to create and maintain the lubricating film, and acts as a high-pressure barrier of air to reduce leakage across the seal interface to virtually zero. Our team of engineers and experts take into consideration that different conditions present different problems; the flexibility of our designs enables us to resolve these challenges with modification of the basic design and careful selection of material grades. With precision analysis, we optimize various forces to achieve the desired balance between low leakage and long life for each application. Our seals can also be designed to be tamper resistant or repairable.
The operational details of the Rexnord Shallow Hydropad Seal is fully described in Rexnord U.S. Patents 5,941,532 and 6,257,589.
Proper mating ring materials and mounting are crucial to the optimum performance of the completed seal assembly. A complete list of options and additional services is available upon request.