The Hydraulic Institute (HI, plans to release a new guideline entitled “Mechanical Seals for Pumps: Application Guidelines” in January 2007.
The proposed publication will be approx. 300 pages of reference materials for pump and seal professionals, end-users, and consulting.

According to HI, the guideline will feature descriptions and explanations, tables, and photographs that rotating equipment OEMs, EPC professionals, plant engineers, and maintenance and reliability specialists need to ensure system reliability and increase Mean Time Between Repairs (MTBR).

Photographs of the various seal face and elastomer failure modes will be provided along with a list of possible seal failure causes.

Based on the guideline, the Hydraulic Institute and the Fluid Sealing
Association (FSA, will jointly offer a mechanical seals short course during the Texas A&M Pump Users Symposium on March 5, 2007 in Houston, Texas. The course will focus on mechanical seal designs and arrangements, basic operating principles and application limits, seal chamber design and pressures, installation, troubleshooting, and life cycle costing. All students will be provided with a copy of the new guidebook with their registration fee. Registration details can be found at