Patent Number: 8,814,139

Title: Anti-extrusion packing support

Abstract: A seal arrangement for providing a fluid seal of an annulus between two conforming surfaces such as a stem and a bore. The seal arrangement may include a pair of packing support rings. Preferably, two pairs of the packing support rings are used in order to provide double ended or two sided axial support for the packing. The first and second support rings support a load on the packing during normal or rated temperature use, with preferably an interference fit with the stem to resist extrusion of the packing along the stem. The support rings may be nested together and comprises different materials. For example, one support ring may comprise metal and the other support ring comprise a softer material such as a polymer or elastomer. An example of a packing material is a fire resistant material. The metal support ring may be used to maintain load on the fire resistant packing in the event that the other support ring has been destroyed by fire or other cataclysmic event.

Inventors: Griffin; Daniel (North Olmsted, OH), Lytle; Demetrius (Auburn Township, OH)

Assignee: Swagelok Company

International Classification: F16K 31/44 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/26/12018