Backup rings provide additional extrusion resistance and prevent damage to O-Rings and seals.

Backup rings can be used in all applications but primarily are added when higher pressures or pressure spikes, higher temperatures and / or larger extrusion gaps form part of the operating conditions.

Backup rings are not seals themselves, but are used in conjunction with O-rings or other seals in high-pressure applications. Backup rings are installed in the downstream side of the gland, however can be installed either side of the O-ring to give a high performance double acting seal.

Detailed design and manufacture

AFT Fluorotec is a registered and approved processor of VICTREX PEEK materials. We can design and manufacture an almost limitless range of VICTREX PEEK backup rings (BURs) as well as PTFE rings. 

We can manufacture to customer drawings/specifications and design backup rings to suit your specific applications.

Many materials can be used but primarily VICTREX® PEEK is used in backup rings.

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Plain PEEK backup rings

  • Flat-faced rectangular section rings similar to washers
  • These are dimensioned to neatly fit the radial cross section of the seal groove
  • Length (thickness) can be to BS or ASTM standards or specified to suit any application

Contoured PEEK backup rings

  • A step up in performance over plain PEEK backup rings
  • Designed with a concave or contoured face on one side and a flat face on the other
  • The contoured face has a greater contact area with the O-Ring and provides better grip and support than a standard flat option.
  • Length (thickness) can be to BS or ASTM standards or specified to suit any application

Positively actuated backup rings

  • Automatically forced (actuated) by the system pressure both axially and radially to blank the extrusion gap
  • Can be integrated into a seal design or they can be specially shaped individual items
  • Often in the form of two individual rings, which work against each other to completely eliminate any gap

Backup ring - Material Selection

Whilst Virgin PEEK is the mainstay of backup ring materials, other materials can be used. For example, Acetal may be used in applications which are high pressure but do not require the chemical or temperature resistance of VICTREX PEEK

Virgin PTFE or Glass-filled PTFE may be used where medium pressure and chemical resistance form the criteria but the temperature is not an issue.

At the other end of the scale, filled VICTREX PEEK materials such as Glass-filled VICTREX PEEK or Carbon Filled VICTREX PEEK may be used to offer increased compressive strength and extrusion resistance over Virgin PEEK.

VICTREX PEEK is inert to all common solvents and resists a wide range of organic and inorganic liquids. VICTREX PEEK has a maximum continuous working temperature of 260°C and retains its mechanical properties up to 300°C in steam or high-pressure applications.

Fluorotec can advise you on the optimal material to use for your application.

Backup Rings

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