Stein hydrogen seals play a critical role in many industrial applications where the containment and control of hydrogen gas is necessary. Power generation, Oil and gas, chemical processing, power transfer, aerospace, semiconductor manufacturing, and hydrogen fuel cell production are just the beginning of the long list of industries where hydrogen seals come into play.
Safety, Efficiency, Performance
Hydrogen seals are designed to prevent the leakage or escape of hydrogen from a system or device, ensuring safety, efficiency, and proper functioning. Stein engineers its hydrogen seals to be effective at containing hydrogen within its mechanical system, preventing leaks between areas within the system, and regulating the pressure inside the system to ensure optimal performance and safety.
In certain applications, the benefits to using a hydrogen seal are undeniable. Correctly engineered and installed, Stein hydrogen seals can positively impact operations in many areas, including:
- Environmental impact
- Equipment protection
- System integrity
Stein Seal hydrogen seals are widely used in industries such as oil and gas, petrochemical production, aerospace, and power generation. All of these industries rely on Stein Seal to help them maintain optimal efficiency while safeguarding employees, the environment, and the general public against hazards associated with hydrogen-dependent operations.
Design & Materials for Hydrogen Seals
Hydrogen has proven to be a significant element in the development of sustainable power generation. Its abundance and non-toxicity are ideal for industrial and commercial use, but hydrogen has many qualities that make it challenging to work with. Having the right seals in place is essential to successfully working with hydrogen.
The Right Seals
Designing the right seal requires consideration of multiple factors that are unique to each application. Stein engineers look at pressure and temperature conditions, ease of seal maintenance and replacement, and material compatibility, among others, to arrive at the correct solution for every application.
SEAL MATERIALS COMPATIBLE WITH HYDROGEN
Metals: Certain metals like stainless steel, copper and Aluminum alloys
Polymers: High-performance polymers like Poly Tetra Fluoro Ethylene (PTFE), PolyetherEtherketone (PEET), and polyimides
Elastomers: Specialty elastomers, like hydrogenated nitrile rubber or fluorocarbon rubber
Ceramics: Ceramics and ceramic composites
Coatings: Thin, hydrogen-resistant coatings
Stein Puts Hydrogen Seals to the Test
Stein Seal Industrial, a leading expert in the design and manufacture of hydrogen seals, is also an industry leader in seal testing and verification. There are many ways to test and verify a hydrogen seal:
- Visual Inspection
- Pressure Testing
- Helium Leak Detection
- Bubble Test
- Ultrasonic Testing
- Acoustic Emission Testing
- Thermal Imaging
- Dye Penetrant Inspection
- Hydrogen Leak Detection
Whichever method is used, Stein Seal Industrial performs all of its hydrogen seal testing to industry-established standards and best practices. Every Stein-built hydrogen seal can be relied upon to provide safe and effective performance over a long service life.