October 2010


Cost optimization in mechanical seal applications

Real-life case studies prove it is possible to make more informed choices that often lead to cost savings

Chaware, D. K., Shukla, D. K., Swamy, R. B., Reliance Engineers Associates Ltd.

Considerable cost reductions are possible in mechanical seals and associated systems once influencing factors are understood and taken into account. As with other machinery-related topics and issues, it is important to: • Know the various design options and their respective advantages, disadvantage and limitations. These details are usually (but not always) available from seal vendors. • Verify the above details. They should be furnished by seal vendors and must be based on end-user application experience from other industries or facilities. • Have knowledge of complete pumpage property, utilities available, flare pressure and process variation. The possib

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