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PSS · Rudder Seal

For 20mm to 150mm (3/4" to 6")

The sealing system is one of the most important parts of the rudder system. A leaky sealing system is irritating and dangerous. The PSS Shaft Seal is a great solution as it offers ultimate reliability for rudder seals due to the simple design. Available for 3/4" to 6" (20mm to 150mm) shaft diameters. And has service parts available from stock.


PSS How It Works
  • 1
    Two nitrile o-rings seal the stainless steel rotor to the shaft and will not experience wear.
  • 2
    A primary set screw and a backup set screw (2 sets) are used to secure the stainless steel rotor to the shaft.
  • 3
    A seal is created between the two flat surfaces of the carbon stator and the stainless steel rotor.
  • 4
    Water is fed into the PSS Shaft Seal for cooling/lubricating the seal faces on high speed vessels.
  • 5
    The stationary carbon stator is attached to the nitrile bellow, which is attached to the stern tube (shaft log).



Rotor du PSS de type A
The PSS stainless steel rotor is slid down the shaft and is secured to the shaft with set screws at 90° for maximum holding power. Precision tolerances are maintained by computer controlled lathes. The faces have a number 9 micro finish and are perpendicular to the bore to prevent run-out as the collar rotates. The carbon graphite stator will polish the face of the rotor during the first few minutes of operation. The stainless steel rotor should not need to be replaced under normal operating conditions. The stainless steel rotor used on the PSS Type A Shaft Seal is made from 316L stainless steel.


Carbon stator du PSS de type A
The high density, resin impregnated carbon/graphite stator is a composite that is first mixed, molded and then formed under pressure. The blanks are then baked, machined and lapped. The face of our carbon is finished to a flatness of 4 helium light bands (measured .000044" of variation over entire lapped surface). The grade of carbon used in the PSS has an operating temperature over 500° Fahrenheit (+260° Celsius), and cannot melt if the seal runs dry, unlike a rubber lip seal or plastic face seal. The high density of the carbon greatly increases the longevity and wear resistance. Several commercial vessels have recorded over 40,000 (over 4-1/2 years of continuous operation) engine hours on the same, original components. The carbon should not need to be replaced under normal operating conditions.


Pipette du joint mécanique PSS de type A
For high speed vessels (12+ knots), a positive water supply is required to be plumbed to the PSS Shaft Seal for the purpose of lubricating and cooling the seal faces. Please review the PSS Shaft Seal Installation Instructions for more information on pickup points for water supply. In most cases, a slow speed boat (less than 12 knots) that does not have a bearing the shaft log does not require positive water feed and can simply be vented. Ideally, the vent line will be run at least 2-3 feet above the water line and will be as close to the center line as possible. This will ensure the vent hose is never below the water line, even with significant heeling. PSS Shaft Seal Installation Instructions has more more details on venting the seal.


Bellow du joint mécanique PSS de type A
The PSS Type A Shaft Seal bellow is made from rubber (Nitrile), and has a temperature rating of -25°F to +225°F (-31°C to +107°C). Nitrile is known for its resistance to weathering. Nitrile rubber is exceptionally resistant to oils and non-polar solvents. It also offers good gas impermeability, abrasion resistance, and better thermal stability than most general purpose elastomers.


The PSS Shaft Seal has been thoroughly tested and approved by these certifications.
RINA certification


Bureau Véritas certification





What is a PSS Shaft Seal ?

Removing the shaft coupling



PSS Shaft Seals are available around the world. Use the map below to find the nearest PSS Shaft Seal dealer to you.


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