Seals and Sealing Handbook

Seals and Sealing Handbook, 6th Edition

Seals and Sealing Handbook, 6th Edition,Robert Flitney,ISBN9780080994161






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Covers a broad range of seal types for all situations, designed to help you select the most appropriate seal for any given task

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  • A comprehensive reference covering a broad range of seal types for all situations, to ensure that you are able to select the most appropriate seal for any given task
  • Includes supporting case studies and a unique 'Failure Guide' to help you troubleshoot if things go wrong
  • New edition includes the most up-to-date information on sealing technology, making it an essential reference for anyone who uses seals in their work


Seals and Sealing Handbook, 6th Edition provides comprehensive coverage of sealing technology, bringing together information on all aspects of this area to enable you to make the right sealing choice. This includes detailed coverage on the seals applicable to static, rotary and reciprocating applications, the best materials to use in your sealing systems, and the legislature and regulations that may impact your sealing choices.
Updated in line with current trends this updated reference provides the theory necessary for you to select the most appropriate seals for the job and with its 'Failure Guide', the factors to consider should anything go wrong. Building on the practical, stepped approach of its predecessor, Seals and Sealing Handbook, 6th Edition remains an essential reference for any engineer or designer who uses seals in their work.


Designers, manufacturers and end-users of seals throughout the following industries: pumps, motors, piping, filtration, oil, gas, water, process industries, hydraulic, pneumatic, marine, automotive and power generation. Plant and maintenance engineers, specifiers, consultants.

Robert Flitney

Robert Flitney is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer in the UK and a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. His early engineering experience involved the operation and maintenance of power and process plants in the marine and frozen food industries. This was followed by 35 years of contract R&D on Fluid Sealing Technology at BHR Group, including 10 years managing this activity. He has authored or co-authored over 50 papers, presented at international conferences, has been invited to provide the keynote presentation at Sealing Seminars, and was Convenor of the ISO Working Group responsible for reciprocating seal test standards. His current activities include consultancy and training on seals and sealing technology, and he is Technical Editor of Sealing Technology, a monthly newsletter for industry.

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CEng. MIMechE

Seals and Sealing Handbook, 6th Edition

1. Introduction: general terms, typical application areas, comparison of seals and bearings, critical factors to control leakage
2. Static seals: Elastomer seal basics, O-Rings etc, Plastics, Fibrous gaskets, Metal Gaskets
3.Rotary Seals: Elastomer and plastic lip seals, higher pressure designs, special purpose types. Mechanical seals: traditional 'wet' seals, volume types and process seals, 'dry' seals, gas seals and their derivatives. Clearnce seals: Labyrinth, Visco, Brush seals etc. Packings: rotary applications, pumps etc.
4. Reciprocating seals: Elastomer and plastic: design, application, performance. Metal: piston rings etc. Clearance seals, segmented ring seals etc. Packings: application area, plunger pumps etc. Valve and pump packings
5. Materials: elastomers, plastics, mechanical seal materials, gasket materials.
Each section will also contain a beginner's failure guide plus a selection guide, giving +ve and -ve points for each seal type for a specific application
6. Failure guide: Introduction; Static seal failure guide; Rotart seal failure; Reciprocating seals; References
7. General information: Glossary of sealing terms; Standards; Surface texture measurement; Organisations with a direct interest in sealing technology
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