To us, leakage is a foreign word
Radiamatic shaft seals for a clean world
The requirements are high. Freedom from leakage is not only a “must” for drive shafts in shipping. Cleanliness is also of utmost importance in the paper industry with its high-speed rolls. There are other key factors in addition to the required high functionality: robustness, ease of installation and above all the quick availability of shaft seal rings, for example, in the steel industry. Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has risen to these challenges and provides made-to-order shaft seal rings with the maximum leak tightness and reliability for a wide range of applications.
Made-to-order for work rolls
The newly developed Merkel Radiamatic RPM 41 (Fig. 1) is an example of a shaft seal ring made-to-order by Freudenberg Sealing Technologies. In addition to its FEM-optimized design, a special material was developed for the Radiamatic RPM 41. The seal lip made of pure elastomer requires no spring for pre-tensioning and offers minimal friction along with a maximum sealing effect. A vulcanized-in pre-tensioning element provides a tight, secure fit in the installation space. This prevents potential damage to the installation space. In addition, a special production process makes the seal’s high availability possible: All the current standard profiles with any diameter up to 1,100 mm can be delivered within 48 hours when necessary.
Maximum circumferential velocity
The Merkel Radiamatic RHS 51 covers an entirely different area (Fig. 2). This shaft seal ring is always used when it is imperative to deal with maximum circumferential velocities. It can be employed at speeds up to 40 m/s, even as it offsets high shaft misalignment. The Radiamatic RHS 51 owes these characteristics to a double spring acting as a pre-tensioning element for the seal lip, along with an elastomer material especially developed for this application. The spring provides a defined, uniformly distributed radial contact pressure. The paper and steel industries in particular benefit from the high performance of this shaft seal ring from Freudenberg Sealing Technologies.
Multifunctionality in an extremely small space
Shaft seal rings with additional functions are used to seal the main bearing in wind turbines, among other uses. One example is the integration of a deflector lip to protect against external contaminants. The result is a compact installation space.
But in multifunction seals, it is essential to ensure that the individual sealing functions are operationally decoupled from one another. But that is not a matter of course in sealing systems made of elastomer materials. By contrast, the newly developed Merkel Radiamatic R 55 from Freudenberg Sealing Technologies manages this balancing act. Even at shaft deflections of ± 1.6 mm, the full functional capacity of the sealing and dust lips are maintained (Fig. 3). This is a prerequisite to meet high service life expectation of up to 20 years.