Explosive Decompression Resistant Seals

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Everyone who works in the upstream industry knows that explosive decompression is a serious concern during oil and gas exploration. Explosive decompression, also referred to as rapid gas decompression, is a failure that occurs when elastomer seals have been exposed to high pressure gas at an elevated temperature for a long period of time. As high pressure occurs, the gas can compress and permeate the polymer of the seal—and when the pressure is reduced, the gas inside expands at a very rapid rate. With this extreme pressure release, the expanding gas can cause fissures, pits, and cracks in the seal: In some cases, the seal can totally fail. For this reason, explosive decompression resistant seals are critical for any high-pressure oil and gas applications.

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Resistance to High Pressures and Temperatures

The materials used for explosive decompression resistant seals need to be resistant to high pressures, high temperatures, and rapid gas decompression. Some of the most commonly used materials include:

View our complete materials list, and reach out to our team to discuss the specifications for your unique applications.

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