What is the difference between inside-mounted and outside-mounted mechanical seals?

- Jun 08, 2018-

Two categories of single mechanical seals are (1) inside-mounted and (2) outside-mounted. The primary difference between the two styles is that inside mounted seals are contained within the equipment seal chamber and outside-mounted seals are mounted external of the equipment housing. See Images 2 and 3 for diagrams of an inside-mounted and outside-mounted single seal.

Inside-mounted mechanical seals :

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Image 2. Inside mounted seal

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1. are available in a wide variety of materials and designs

2. have centrifugal forces that tend to reduce leakage

3. usually avoid catastrophic leakage during seal failure

One disadvantage of inside-mounted seals is that they can be more difficult to install and maintenance usually requires disassembling the equipment.

Outside-mounted mechanical seals:

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Image 3. Outside mounted seal

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Outside-mounted seals are:

1. typically easier to install

2. adjustable without complete equipment disassembly

3. accessible—can often be backed-off for cleaning

4. usually less expensive

One disadvantage of outside-mounted seals is that they usually have lower temperature and speed limits due to lack of sufficient heat removal from the seal faces.

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