Thursday 5th May 2016

Research work of Dr Susan Michaelis to be presented at ESA AGM

We are pleased to confirm that Dr Susan Michaelis will be a guest speaker at this years AGM. Susan presentation focusses on an application issue with Mechanical Seals within the airline industry.

Her research work was presented in the article ‘Oil bearing seals and aircraft cabin air contamination’ in April issue of Sealing Technology publication, pages 7-10. You can find the article on this link

On board aircraft, the common use of engine compressor, pressurised air to seal the oil bearing chamber and as a source for the cabin bleed air supply provides a mechanism for low-level oil leakage in routine engine operations. Although this problem was identified in the 1950s with the advent of synthetic jet engine oils, the problem remains ongoing today with over-reliance on seal failure conditions only.

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