IncWell's partner seeks low friction sealing technologies for both high speed and low speed applications.
To prevent ingress of water, dirt or other contaminants and loss of pressure leakage, seals are applied around rotating shafts. Unfortunately, friction between the seal and the component surface generates damaging heat, reducing the life of the seal and causing wear on the shaft.
Complicating matters, current contactless seals typically require rotational speed in order to create a functional seal.
In general, there is a trade-off between contact pressure and heat input: high contact pressure decreases leakage but increases heat input (increasing friction).
IncWell's partner is interested in novel sealing technologies for either high speed or low speed equipment. For more information about the operating conditions, please consult the chart below:
Regardless of the speed, the successful technology will have:
Potential approaches include, but are not limited to:
IncWell's partner is not interested in friction reducing coating applied to the components besides the seal.
When responding to this request, please be sure to provide a non-confidential description of the technology you propose along with information regarding your alignment with the Key Success Criteria as well as your desired business relationship with IncWell's partner.