Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is supporting offshore oil and gas companies in their pursuit of untapped supplies of crude oil and gas by offering two new variations of Turcon Variseal spring-energised seals, the 600 and 700 series.
Specifically engineered for deeper well conditions, the seals withstand increased pressures and higher operating temperatures, while an enhanced compression range means the seals can handle larger groove depth variations.
The Variseal 600 and 700 series seals are suitable for groove depths from 0.49 inch and 0.685 inch/ 12.5 mm and 17.4 mm, supporting up to 0.197 inch/ 5 mm of hardware deflection. In deeper wells, higher pressures and temperatures cause a higher level of hardware separation. The larger single spring of the Variseal 600 and 700 series can absorb this greater separation without loss of sealing performance.
John Findlay, product manager at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions’ facility in Bridgwater, England, where the seals are made, says: “Starting out on the design of the Turcon Variseal 600 and 700 series required thorough analysis and validation of our existing products, producing 3D CAD solid modelling and detailed FEA modelling, supported by our global R&D network, bringing unique insights to the table. But of course, this kind of theoretical testing cannot be taken alone, so we began extensive testing of the spring load performance to validate our FEA results.
“When these proved successful, physical testing of critical parameters of the entire spring and Variseal assembly was undertaken, both in testing facilities and in situ on FPSO swivels. This has led to the development of a product that both Trelleborg and the customer know will outperform current seals in high-pressure, extreme temperature applications.”
With all the flexibility and high performance that would be expected from a Variseal spring-energised seal, the 600 and 700 series are available in a range of Turcon grades, including NORSOK-approved polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)-based compounds and NACE-compliant spring materials. Offering a wide operating range in rod, piston and axial designs, the seals can be individually tailored to suit specific applications. Inch conversions sizes, corner reinforcement and back-up rings are also available.