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O-rings suitable for the pharmaceutical industry

O rings are widely used across various industries to support a variety of different pieces of equipment and applications.  They provide an essential function and are ultimately moulded and manufactured to ensure they provide a continually high level of quality through...

The Best Chemical Resistant Gaskets for Sulfuric Acid

If you are using sulfuric acid on a regular basis within your industry, you might be aware of how corrosive it can be. While it can be useful for dyes, explosives, fertilisers, and many more applications, finding a chemical resistant gasket can often be one of the...

Different elastomers for o rings and various applications

An elastomer is a primary raw material used for most o rings. They are typically manufactured as gum rubber or manufactured synthetically, and surprisingly today, there are approximately over 32 different synthetic rubbers now available.  Elastomer compounds will...

Spiral wound gasket thickness – what’s best?

It is often recommended that using a thinner gasket type/material will result in better sealing performance.  Why?  Because thinner gaskets tend to require much less gasket stress to provide applications with the perfect seal, they also have an excellent response to...

Choosing the correct oil seal application

Choosing and using the proper sealing devices within oil and gas applications can be vital when preventing dirt, dust, water, and other debris from potentially getting inside and contaminating products.  Of course, all rubber materials and seals will provide a range...

Nitrile rubber, NBR, and Buna-N – how well do you know your o ring materials?

A widely used elastomer, Nitrile, Buna-N, or NBR rubber, are all oil and fuel resistant and provide a great level of strength, making them a popular material for seals across various industries.  Suitable for a range of applications, this versatile rubber material,...

Optimum squeezing force for an o ring

It is true that the more squeeze you place on an o ring, the tighter the seal it will provide. In essence, the more squeeze (compression) you apply, the greater the force between the o ring and its mating hardware.  And ensuring you have the perfect seal is all...

O Ring Squeeze

The squeeze and shrinkage on an o ring are vital to understanding as these factors stand in the way of your application either experiencing a perfect seal or your application suffering from leaks.  You can measure the shrinkage of an o ring during...

Keeping your o rings bonded

EMI o rings. Those seal ring gaskets are made of silicone compounds, combining environmental sealing with electromagnetic interference protection.  Consisting of metal or metal-coated particles, silicone o rings are filled with silver, silver aluminium, or nickel...

The importance of mechanical seals when reducing water consumption in mining

Environmental considerations are at the top of most industry's agendas in the 21st century as companies evaluate and improve operations, processes, and systems.  Conserving water in mining is one such area that is now being investigated further with the rotation of...

Properties of Spiral Wound Gasket

Ring Type JointWound gaskets are one of the most common industrial parts and a have a wide range of application. It is a mechanical seal that is used to avoid leakages by filling space between two or more mating surfaces. There is a variety of gaskets available in the market today. Out of these types, spiral wound gaskets are considered suitable for diverse applications. They are supposed to be most reliable and allow lower clamping forces compared to another kind of gaskets.   

What are Spiral Wound Gaskets?

These gaskets have a mix of metallic and filler material in alternating layers. The layer of metal provides structural support while filler material acts as a sealing element. The gasket consists of stainless steel or carbon-rich metal that is wound outwards in a circular spiral. The wounding of filler material is done in the same way but from opposite side. The spiral winding is done to a V-shaped metal strip. The outer metal layer holds the gasket centrally while controlling compression. The inner filler layer increases the resilience and axial rigidity of the gasket.

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Properties of Special Wound Gasket

Special wound gaskets have applications across different industries like shipbuilding, pharmaceutical, nuclear stations, food processing, petrochemical and more. Here are few must know properties of special wound gaskets –  

  • They provide sealing under very heavy operating commercial and industrial conditions.  
  • Their construction works very well as a sealant. They restrict the flow of water, gas or air.  
  • These gaskets enhance the efficiency of normal operations and safety.  
  • They can be used with acids, gases, alkaline, steam, liquids, oil and other organic solvents and mediums.  
  • The materials used for the construction of these baskets are chosen on their ability to compress and recover under load.  
  • They can be used with acids, gases, alkaline, steam, liquids, oil and other organic solvents and mediums.   
  • Their exclusive properties make them ideal for use in high pressure, high-temperature applications.  
  • They can also be used for low-temperature applications in chemical plants, storage solutions, cryogenic facilities and more.   
  • These gaskets can be used for sealing flanges, pressure vessels, heat vessels, boilers, valves and compressors, tube covers, handheld covers and more.  
  • They offer strong stress compensation and reliable and stable sealing performance even under conditions that cause pressure fluctuations.  
  • These offer sealability even when the surfaces are bent or corroded slightly.  
  • They offer optimum performance in fluctuating/ low bolt loads.  
  • These gaskets offer improved pressure rating, long-lasting performance and elastic recovery.  
  • These are precision engineered solutions that provide resistance to any toxic or corrosive element.  
  • These gaskets are produced in a different combination of materials and styles to suit various industrial and commercial applications.   

Most commonly used special wound gaskets are made from steel with a filling material of Asbestos and Graphite. You can easily find an application of spiral wound gasket around different industries and processes. There is a spiral wound gasket available for each kind of application. So, research about basic wound gaskets to figure out the right one for your industrial and commercial requirement.  

Read the next article: Kinds of Spiral Wound Gaskets

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