Sealing Sense Articles

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Mechanical Seals:

April 2021 – Seal Face Materials for Abrasive Services

December 2020 – Best Practices for Sealing High Pressure Boiler Circulating Pumps

August 2020 – Hot Pumps & Thermal Expansion

April 2020 – Carbon/Graphite for Dry Running Mechanical Seal Faces

December 2019 – Updates to FSA’s KnowledgeBase

June 2019 – Sealing High-Speed Shafts in Turbomachinery

March 2019 – Methods for Pressurized Seal Systems

January 2019 – Unusual Mechanical Seal Applications

November 2018 – Using IoT to Improve Mechanical Seal Reliability

October 2018 – A Guide to Elastomer Technology in Mechanical Seals

June 2018 – Sealing in Extreme Cold

January 2018 – Determine the Best Piping Plan for Supporting Mechanical Seals in Vertical Pumps

November 2017 – Controlling the Seal Chamber Environment

September 2017 – How Carbon Works in Mechanical Sealing

July 2017 – Overview of Multiple Lip Seals.

May 2017 – FSA Introduces the KnowledgeBase Technical Reference

September 2016 – Back to Basics: Mechanical Seals

June 2016 – Analyzing Life-Cycle Costs to Select the Best Sealing Solution

December 2015 – Material Advances Improve Seal Reliability in Extreme Application Conditions

September 2015 – Know Which Mechanical Sealing Options Meet Emissions Requirements

January 2015 – Dry Containment Seals Boost Reliability

September 2014 – The Advantages of API Piping Plan 03

June 2014 – New Piping Plans for Better Leak Detection

March 2014 – Dual Gas-Lubricated Seals Provide Solutions – What are the advantages of these seals?

January 2014 – Extending mechanical seal life – how can their reliability be improved?

October 2013 – What are the differences between using water or oil as a buffer or barrier fluid?

August 2013 – What are the energy and water usage impacts of these systems?

February 2013 – What are the best practices for ensuring the reliability of API Piping Plan 53B?

January 2013 – How does seal face topography affect mechanical seal performance?

October 2012 – What is the sealing technology of choice for water and wastewater treatment?

June 2012 – How do variable speed drives impact mechanical seals?

April 2012 – Why are mechanical seals still the preferred choice in the process industries?

October 2011 – What are the challenges with sealing water applications?

July 2011 – How can I select mechanical sealing systems using life cycle costs?

February 2011 – How do I determine the financial payback on capital investments to an enhanced sealing systems’ mean time before repair and energy efficiency?

November 2010 – What is the Impact of Reliability on the Sealing Systems Energy Footprint from Pump Shut Down, Repairs, and Re-commissioning? (Part 4 of 4)

October 2010 – What is the Sealing Systems Entergy Footprint for Removing Diluents from the Process Stream? (Part 3 of 4)

September 2010 – What is the Sealing Systems Energy Footprint for Controlling Process or Barrier Fluid Temperature? (Part 2 of 4)

August 2010 – What is the Energy Footprint of Sealing Systems? (Part 1 of 4)

May 2010 – Which piping plan should I choose: API 53A, 53B or 53C?

December 2009 – What are the basics of gas lubricated seals? (Part Two)

November 2009 – What are the basics of gas lubricated seals? (Part One)

April 2009 – How can the capabilities of primary seal materials be improved?

March 2009 – How do plant pipe strain problems affect my pumping systems?

January 2009 – How can I extend the performance range of standard cartridge mechanical seals?

December 2008 – The P3-A Equipment Standards

November 2008 – Who should recondition my seals?

August 2008 – Where mechanical seals meet pumps: What is the next generation?

May 2008 – What determines seal leakage?

March 2008 – What is the most effective seal design when misalignment is present?

December 2007 – What are the methods for successfully sealing slurries? /span>

October 2007 – How can I reduce consumption of seal water going to my packing and mechanical seals?

September 2007 – What are the considerations in applying mechanical seals to abrasive slurry applications?

June 2007 – What should I look for when choosing a high-performance elastomer for a specific application?

April 2007 – How long will a mechanical seal last? Part 2

March 2007 – How long will a mechanical seal last? Part 1

February 2007 – When and where do I apply lip seal technology in my process?

January 2007 – What procedures should I use when storing my mechanical seals?

August 2006 – When and how do I use API Flush Plan 54?

January 2006 – What is the best silicon carbide wear face material for my mechanical seal?

December 2005 – What is the best wear face material for my mechanical seal?

September 2005 – Is failure analysis the best approach to trouble shooting seal failures?

July 2005 – Can I seal vertical shafts with standard mechanical seals?

June 2005 – When and how do I use API Flush Plan 53?

January 2005 – What tools are available for applying the total life cycle costing to selection of mechanical seal systems?

December 2004 – What are the principal symptoms, causes and corrective actions for failure of mechanical seals by thermal attack?

November 2004 – What are the principal symptoms, causes and corrective actions for failure of mechanical seals induced by mechanical breakdown?

October 2004 – What are the symptoms, causes and corrective actions for failure of mechanical seals induced by chemical attack?

September 2004 – How do you determine the primary cause(s) of mechanical seal failure?

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Pump & Valve Packings:

June 2021 – Ensure Safe Operation of Valves in High Pressure Applications

February 2021 – 4 Steps to Correctly Inserting Packing Rings

October 2020 – The Critical Role of the Humble Lantern Ring

June 2020 – Compression Packing Installation

February 2020 – Current Standards for Fire Testing of Flange Gaskets & Stem Packing

November 2019 – The Danger of Complacency in Equipment Selection & Installation

October 2019 – How to Prevent Galvanic Corrosion of Valve Stems

August 2019 – What to Understand About Chemistry to Make the Best Materials Choices

May 2019 – API 622: Valve Packing for Fugitive Emissions

February 2019 – FSA Releases Latest “Compression Packing Technical Manual

September 2018 – How to Investigate Compression Packing Failure Modes

March 2018 – Compression Packing: A Look Beyond the Standard Stuffing Box

February 2018 – Test Methods to Qualify Quarter-Turn Valves for Low Emissions Service

October 2017 – Valve Packing Friction: the Hidden Factor for Better Plant Performance

August 2017 – Compensating for Oxygen Concentration

April 2017 – Factors for Successful Emissions-Compliant Valve Stem Seals

October 2016 – Back to Basics: Compression Packing

August 2016 – Birth of the General-Purpose, High-Performance ePTFE/Graphite Packing Fiber

March 2016 – The Curse of Knowledge & Valve Packing

January 2016 – Valve Stem Packing Compression & Installation

October 2015 – Emissions Valve Packing Technology Evolves to Reduce Methane Leaks

August 2015 – Energy Efficiency of Compression Packings in Rotodynamic Pump Applications

May 2015 – How to Avoid Compression Packing Failure

March 2015 – Updates to Industry Standards Offer New Options for Fugitive Emissions Testing

July 2014 – Preformed Packing Rings Outperform Field-Cut Parts

February 2014 – How does a Cross Functional Team enhance pump and valve seal performance?

November 2013 – What are pressure seals, and how do they work?

September 2013 – How do I get maximum performance from my packing?

May 2013 – How can packing solve my difficult sealing problem?

April 2013 – How can injectable sealants solve my sealing problems?

December 2012 – What are the important considerations for the proper torque of a valve packing gland?

August 2012 – How can I compare the performance of pump packing?

May 2012 – What are the current emission standards for valve packing?

November 2011 – What are the key steps to cutting packing for optimum performance?

September 2011 – How does thermal expansion influence the application of PTFE packing?

August 2011 – How do I prevent galvanic corrosion in my packing gland?

April 2011 – How can compression packing be applied in severe service?

April 2010 – What are the most energy efficient pump packing environmental control systems?

February 2010 – How can packing solve my sealing problem?

August 2009 – What are the fine points of pump packing installation and adjustment?

July 2009 – Is there a new way to monitor fugitive emissions?

June 2009 – What is new in braided packing technology?

March 2009 – How do plant pipe strain problems affect my pumping systems?

February 2009 – What is the impact of packing friction on equipment performance?

October 2008 – Are you playing offense or defense with your Lead Detection and Repair?

September 2008 – What are bolt torque considerations for valve packing that ensure reliable performance?

July 2008 – What are the benefits and pitfalls of ePTFE/Graphite packing?

November 2007 – How do I troubleshoot compression packing?

August 2007 – What are the benefits and pitfalls of graphite packing? Page 2

July 2007 – What are the benefits and pitfalls of graphite packing? Part 1

May 2007 – When should I use braided PTFE packing, and in what form?

October 2006 – How do I evaluate and control my fluid sealing costs?

July 2006 – Are you overlooking packing as a sealing solution?

April 2006 – How important is chemical resistance for selection of a pump packing?

March 2006 – What are the best pump packing installation tecniques?

April 2005 – What are packings and how do they work?

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March 2021 – Gasket Characteristics at Subambient Temperatures

November 2020 – Bolting Considerations for Bolted Flange Joints, Part 2

July 2020 – Bolting Considerations for Bolted Flange Joints, Part 1

March 2020 – ASTM International Committee Releases Latest Room Temperature Tightness Test

September 2019 – The Bolt as Machine & the Importance of Liberal Lubrication

August 2018 – The Importance of Using Thread Lubricants in Bolted Connections

July 2018 – Sealing for Extreme Cold: Best Practice for Static Seals

April 2018 – Troubleshooting Gasket Failure

December 2017 – Storage & Shelf Life Prediction for Flange Gasket Materials

June 2017 – Gasket Installation Best Practices

March 2017 – Improper Gasketed Joints Can Be Deadly

December 2016 – Back to Basics: Semi-Metallic Gaskets

November 2016 – Back to Basics: Soft Gaskets

July 2016 – The Dangers of Hot Bolting

May 2016 – The Necessity of Bolted Flange Connection Training

February 2016 – What to Consider When Upgrading or Changing Pre-Specified Gaskets

June 2015 – New FSA/ESA Gasket Handbook Offers Guidance for Equipment Usage & Troubleshooting

December 2014 – Consult the Manufacturer for Gasket Torque Values as Starting Place to Diminish Leaks

October 2014 – Why Flexible Graphite’s Consistent Quality is Ideal for Seals, Packings & Gaskets

May 2014 – Prevent Gasket Blowout – What’s Most Important? (part 2)

April 2014 – Prevent Gasket Blowout – What’s Most Important? (part 1)

December 2013 – Do I really need to use a torque wrench?

July 2013 – What should I do about flange face damage: accept, repair or replace?

June 2013 – How does lubrication affect fastener torque and resultant tension?

March 2013 – What are grooved metal gaskets, and where are they applied?

November 2012 – Will storing my CNA gasket and sheet for too long degrade performance?

July 2012 – What are the current industry best practices for the assembly of bolted flange connections?

February 2012 – Why don’t my PTFE gaskets seal FRP, plastic and other light load flanges?

January 2012 – Why do I need to complete an application questionnaire?

December 2011 – What factors should be considered for stainless steel fasteners in bolted flanged connections?

June 2011 – How can installation procedures improve gasket life?

March 2011 – How is gasket stress defined in industry?

January 2011 – How do I choose a gasket for an FDA application?

July 2010 – What fasteners should I use for my bolted flange connection?

June 2010 – What gasket properties are most important, and how do I use them?

January 2010 – How do I prevent gasket blow out?

October 2009 – What are m and y gasket design constants, and how are they used?

May 2009 – How should I store my gaskets?

June 2008 – How do I determine bolt torque for flanged connections?

April 2008 – What is the impact of Flange Finish on Gasket Performance?

January 2008 – Was it really the gasket?

November 2006 – How do I choose the right gasket for pumps in chemical service?

June 2006 – What factors should be considered when installing a spiral wound gasket?

May 2006 – How can I troubleshoot bolted flange connection leaks?

November 2005 – How do you choose between all the various types of gasket materials?

October 2005 – What gasket thickness should I use in my pump system?

March 2005 – How can spiral wound gasket selection and installation problems be avoided?

February 2005 – How do you select and install the right gasket?

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Expansion Joints:


August 2005 – How do non-metallic (Fabric) and metallic expansion joints compare in flue duct applications?


May 2021 – Tapered Rubber Expansion Joints

January 2021 – Hydrostatic Testing for Rubber Expansion Joints

September 2020 – What to Know to Select the Style of Rubber Expansion Joints You Need

May 2020 – Assessing Alternative Pump Piping Solutions

January 2020 – How Not to use a Rubber Expansion Joint

July 2019 – Custom Rubber Expansion Joints

April 2019 – Temperature & Pressure Considerations for Nonmetallic Piping Expansion Joints

December 2018 – A User’s Guide to Expansion Joint Control Units

May 2018 – Isolation of Noise & Vibration in HVAC & Plumbing Piping Systems

February 2017 – FSA Publishes 8th Edition of the Piping Expansion Joints Handbook

January 2017 – Back to Basics: Expansion Joints

April 2016 – Manage Rubber Expansion Joints in Piping Systems to Maximize Reliability & Efficiency

November 2015 – Insulating Over Rubber Expansion Joints: A Good or Bad Idea?

July 2015 – What You Need to Know about FSA’s 5 New Styles of Rubber Expansion Joints

April 2015 – Rubber Expansion Joints Provide Piping Flexibility

November 2014 – Install Smarter to Extend Expansion Joint Life

August 2014 – Expansion Joint Selection Optimizes Piping Systems

March 2012 – What should be considered for the selection of expansion joints for pumps?

May 2011 – What are the most important considerations before and after ordering a nonmetallic expansion joint?

December 2010 – If stress analysis can ensure that piping loads are within ASME limits, why are rubber expansion joints needed?

March 2010 – What are the basics of applying expansion joints?

September 2009 – How do expansion joints improve performance of mechanical seals?

February 2008 – How to troubleshoot expansion joint failures.

December 2006 – How can I apply expansion joints to plastic and fiberglass reinforced piping?

September 2006 – Would a Rubber or Metal Expansion Joint better suit my application?

February 2006 – How can an expansion joint prevent system leaks?

May 2005 – How important are flange design and pipe alignment for optimum installation and performance of rubber expansion joints?

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