Leak rate of seals: Comparison of theory with experimentB. Lorenz and B. N. J. Persson
IFF, FZ Jülich - D-52425 Jülich, Germany, EU
received 11 March 2009; accepted in final form 5 May 2009; published May 2009
published online 4 June 2009
Seals are extremely useful devices to prevent fluid leakage. We present experimental results for the leak rate of rubber seals, and compare the results to a novel theory, which is based on percolation theory and a recently developed contact mechanics theory. We find good agreement between theory and experiment.
46.55.+d - Tribology and mechanical contacts.
81.40.Pq - Friction, lubrication, and wear.
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