Main topics / Research projects of the IMA

Hydraulic Seals:

  • Hydraulic rods for low friction and low leakage

Non-contact Seals:

  • Non-contact sealing of high speed shafts
  • Non-contact shaft sealing with grease packing

Shaft Seals:

  • Influence of wetting by the lubricant on the function of dynamic seals
  • Reliability of rotary shaft lip-type seals
  • Direction of rotation independent PTFE-packings with spiral groove
  • Analysis and modelling of wear on PTFE sealing elements
  • Reliable sealing on innovative shaft materials and innovative shaft coatings
  • Structural analysis of sealing counter-faces
  • 3D surface topography
  • Reliable sealing of grease and liquid grease by means of rotary shaft seals

Static Seals

  • Limitation of use of modern liquid sealants at housing interfaces
  • Sealing of unequal housing interfaces

The following listed test benches and test facilities are available at the institute for investigations:

  • 19 test benches for rotary shaft seals
  • Test benches for hydraulic rod seals
  • Test bench for scrapers / wipers
  • Tribology test bench, ellipsometer
  • Test benches for static flat seals
  • Test bench for profile seals X-, R- and O-rings
  • Tensile testing machine, Radial force measuring equipment
  • 3D-Coordinate measuring machine
  • 3D-Measuring instruments for surface topography (contact and contactless, e.g. white light interferometer)
  • Surface energy and contact angle measuring instrument
  • Optical analysis of surfaces, 3D-Microscopic optics
  • FE-Working places
  • Scanning electron microscope

Conference Venue

University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, ETI-Building
Pfaffenwaldring 47
70569 Stuttgart

Exhibition and Poster Session

There will be a commercial exhibition and poster session in the lobby of the Conference Centre throughout the conference. Information on the participation at the commercial exhibition and the registration form can be ordered at the contact address. These information are also available as download under Exhibition. The target date for registration is July 17, 2020.

The list of ‘Participants and Exhibitors‛ will be available at the conference.

A cooperation of:

International Sealing Conference

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