Tribology of dust‐stop seals of mixing machines

Fatourehchi, Ehsan, Shahmohamadi, Hamed, Rahmani, Ramin, Rahnejat, Homer orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-2257-7102, Johnson, Mark and Wilson, Ian (2022) Tribology of dust‐stop seals of mixing machines. Lubrication Science . ISSN 0954-0075

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Dust stop seals are widely used in powder and rubber mixing industries. Design of the sealing system requires a continuous supply of pressurised lubricant, which is not recycled because of the risk of contamination. There is also the potential of large volume leakage of oil due to poor sealing, increasing operational costs and necessitating remedial measures to avoid environmental protection. Furthermore, the seal faces are prone to failure in relatively short periods of time due to reduced gap and lubricant leakage. The paper presents an analytical method and numerical predictions based on Reynolds equation under combined hydrodynamic and hydrostatic conditions with the entrant lubricant through hydraulically loaded feedholes. The validity of these methods is ascertained through comparison with a more complex but time‐consuming solution of Navier–Stokes equations. The numerical predictions allow for determining the prevailing tribological contact conditions and assessing its suitability for evaluating the sealing performance of mixing machinery.

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