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Busy Engineer’s Lightning Fast Introduction to Labyrinth Compressors


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While most people think of labyrinth seals as a type of rotary seal, they also have applications for non-rotating sealing. 

An excellent example of a non-rotary application is to provide a non-contact seal against high pressure while sealing in oil during compression strokes in reciprocating compressors.  The first reciprocating compressor with a labyrinth seal was built in 1935, and this type of reciprocating compressor is known as a labyrinth compressor.  Although the technology has been modernized and improved over time, some things remain the same – including the benefits. 

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