Leak rate of seals: Effective-medium theory and comparison with experiment
IFF, FZ Jülich, D-52425, Jülich, Germany
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Published online: 1 March 2010
Seals are extremely useful devices to prevent fluid leakage. We present an effective-medium theory of the leak rate of rubber seals, which is based on a recently developed contact mechanics theory. We compare the theory with experimental results for seals consisting of silicon rubber in contact with sandpaper and sand-blasted PMMA surfaces.
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