Patent Number: 6,945,539

Title: Seal retainer

Abstract: The present invention relates to a seal comprising an annular sealing body comprising a radially outer peripheral groove, an upper load concentrating projection, a lower load concentrating projection, a compression relief region extending from the center of the load concentrating projections to the radially inner edge of the seal, and a compression relief region extending from the center of the load concentrating projections to the radially outer edge of the seal. Additionally, aspects of the present invention relate to a seal retainer comprising a thin metal sheet comprising a seal retaining aperture comprising a reception lobe and a retention lobe; wherein the reception lobe has a diameter larger than the outer diameter of the seal to be retained therein, and the seal retaining aperture has a diameter larger than the minimum diameter of the arch portion of the outer peripheral groove.

Inventors: Whitlow; Mark S. (Columbia, SC), Harr; John S. (Chapin, SC), McCall; Ryan D. (Lexington, SC)

Assignee: Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC

International Classification: F16J 15/06 (20060101); F16J 15/08 (20060101); F16J 015/00 ()

Expiration Date: 09/20/2022