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H75VN Mechanical Seal for Cumene Pump Station

Retrofitting a Pump with an EagleBurgmann H75VN

Cumene, the common name for isopropylbenzene, is an aromatic hydrocarbon and a colorless liquid under atmospheric conditions with a characteristic smell. It is a component of crude oil and refined fuels and is mainly used in the production of phenol.

The Problem

Ineos in Gladbeck and Degussa in Marl, both located in Germany, are supplied with cumene by a pipeline. The pump station for this pipeline is situated inside the chemical industry park in Marl and is operated by Degussa Infracor. Cumene is classified as hazardous to the environment, so the “TA-Luft” directive (German Clean Air Directive) has to be considered for any sealing solution.

Originally, the pump was equipped with a Flowserve mechanical seal type EUROPAC 613/663 in tandem arrangement. With this seal, the required maximum temperature of the supply medium of 104˚F (40°C) was always exceeded and the seal was continuously squeaking during operation.

Operating Conditions

  • Medium: Cumene
  • Operating temperature: 41˚F – 122˚F (5 – 50˚C)
  • Operating pressure at seal: 17.4 – 34.8 psi (1.2 – 2.4 barg)
  • Pump: Centrifugal pump, type MC 80-260/62
  • Pump manufacturer: Sulzer
  • Speed: 2,975 rpm
  • Seals include materials: H75VN/80-FTA5, AQ1KMG – AQ1KMG
  • Mode of operation: Plan 11 and Plan 52 according to API 682
  • Supply system: TS 2000/M051-A1, operation under atmospheric pressure

The EagleBurgmann Solutionpicture of the H75VN

The critical points of this application are the poor lubrication properties and the low heat capacity of the process medium. The engineered EagleBurgmann H75N mechanical dual seal in tandem arrangement was selected and retrofitted to the pump.

Technical features of the EagleBurgmann H75VN seal:

  • Cartridge unit, easy to install
  • Certified according to API 682/ISO 21049 for the application in flashing hydrocarbons. Meets the requirements for low emission seals based on STLE-limit values
  • Counter-rotating pumping screw to support the circulation of the buffer medium to ensure an optimal cooling and lubrication of the mechanical seal
  • Plan 11 and 52 with multi-point injection: the buffer medium is divided into several sub-currents that are directed towards the sliding face at relatively high flow velocities, improving heat removal from the mechanical seal
  • Self-closing: the seal will remain closed and will keep the full functionality even in situations of pressure reversal or failure of the supply system
  • Perfluoroelastomers due to the chemical resistance

Conclusion

The EagleBurgmann H75VN meets all requirements of the operator regarding the maximum buffer fluid temperature of 104˚F (40°C), and the squeaking of the seal was eliminated. The mechanical seals have been successfully in operation since the beginning of 2006 and have been running to the full satisfaction of the customer, with further pumps retrofitted currently. Additionally, the EagleBurgmann H75VN mechanical seal is now specified as standard for pipeline pumps.


Gallagher Fluid Seals is an exclusive distributor of EagleBurgmann. For more information about custom solutions or mechanical seals, contact our engineering department, or call 800-822-4063.

Gallagher to Partner with EagleBurgmann

Gallagher Fluid Seals, Inc. Awarded Exclusive Distribution Rights with EagleBurgmann

Partnership will expand Gallagher’s OEM and MRO business into the mechanical sealing industry

Gallagher Fluid Seals, Inc. has exciting news for its customers. EagleBurgmann, a leading provider of industrial sealing technology, has awarded Gallagher Fluid Seals with exclusive distribution rights in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic territory of the United States. The territory includes Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia.

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2019 marks 63-years in business for Gallagher. As the global sealing landscape has continued to evolve since 1956, so has Gallagher. New technology brings new sealing challenges, and that has allowed the expansion of new areas of expertise and growth – enter mechanical sealing.

EagleBurgmann has a wide array of product lines, including: mechanical seals, carbon floating ring seals, and magnetic couplings. Gallagher is focusing strictly on mechanical sealing products from EagleBurgmann, which include: Cartex Cartridge Seals, SeccoMix 1, H75VN, Splitex® Cartridge Split Seals, Unitex, MBS682 Metal Bellows Seal, and much more.

“We are thrilled to have this new partnership with EagleBurgmann,” says Chris Gallagher, CEO of Gallagher Fluid Seals. “EagleBurgmann’s gold-standard level of service, quality, and support will allow us to enter this new market both efficiently and effectively.”

With Gallagher account executives located throughout the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic, and a team of experienced full-time mechanical engineers on staff, customers can expect prompt service and custom sealing solutions if their application requires it.

This new partnership is an exciting start to 2019, and Gallagher will continue in its mission to work with customers whose sealing applications are critical to the performance of their equipment.

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About Gallagher Fluid Seals, Inc.

Gallagher Fluid Seals, Inc. is a global distributor and manufacturer of Fluid Sealing products. Gallagher represents the strongest seal manufacturers in the world, in addition to operating its own gasket fabrication facility. Gallagher serves both OEM & MRO customers through the development of technical solutions that solve sealing challenges.

Gallagher Fluid Seals currently operates 3 Facilities; its headquarters in King of Prussia Pennsylvania, and it’s 40,000 square foot gasket fabrication and sales office in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, and the newly-acquired Quality Seals office in Bethel, Connecticut.

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Kevin Patton
Marketing & Communications Analyst
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About EagleBurgmann

EagleBurgmann is one of the leading providers of industrial sealing technology on the international stage. Their products and comprehensive services are used wherever the key requirements are reliability and safety.

Excellent quality, close proximity to their customers, great capacity for innovation and an extensive product portfolio for nearly all industrial processes and fields of application are what make them stand out.

Their portfolio includes mechanical seals and seal supply systems, magnetic couplings, carbon floating ring seals, expansion joints and gaskets, packings, special products and extensive services. Being part of the German Freudenberg and Japanese EKK group gives EagleBurgmann all the resources they need for a reliable partnership built on solid foundations. Worldwide.

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Ekaterina Shkarbul
Marketing Manager BA Americas