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Inflatable Seal and Clamp Configurations

Inflatable seals and clamps are typically supplied as one of four different configuration types - circular, rectangular, straight, and U-shaped. Individual seals can be supplied as continuous loops for axial or radial expansion, in strip form with specially sealed ends, in “U” or similar shapes with preformed corners, or as axially expanding rectangles. In many cases, our inflatable profiles will conform to the corners or radii of a given installation without the necessity for preforming or special molding, however, if the corners are tight then molding will most likely be required. Minimum bend diameter data for circular seals and radius corner data for rectangular seals are available for each of our profiles in the Pneuma-Seal Standards section. Below are pictorial representations of the most common inflatable seal configurations we offer.

Circular Inflatable Seal Configurations

   Circular/Outward Expansion  
Circular Inflatable Seal for Expansion Outward This is a very common configuration and is our preference with circular designs. The part is built as a continuous loop (with air connector) and typically installed into a channel with the inside diameter (ID) as the fixed dimension.
   Circular/Inward Expansion  
Circular Inflatable Seal for Expansion Inward It’s very difficult for many of our Q profiles to expand inward without wrinkling, but they can do it as long as the diameters are generous. Expansion inward parts are built as a continuous loop (with air connector) and typically installed into a channel with the outside diameter (OD) as the fixed dimension.
   Circular/Axial Expansion  
Circular Inflatable Seal for Axial Expansion This is another common configuration for circular parts (hopper seals, etc.). With this design, we may specially form the part or, if the diameter is large, will make it endless with the understanding that it will be bonded in place or mechanically retained in some fashion (see retention systems). For this configuration, the centerline diameter (CL) is fixed.

Rectangular Inflatable Seal Configurations

   Rectangular/Outward Expansion  
Rectangular Inflatable Seal for Expansion Outward                 

This is a very common configuration and is our preference with rectangular designs (i.e. inflatable door seals). The part is built as a continuous loop (with air connector) and typically installed into a channel with the inside diameter (ID) as the fixed dimension. Please keep in mind that we don’t offer square or tightly radiused corners which can expand outward.

   Rectangular/Inward Expansion  
Rectangular Inflatable Seal for Expansion Inward

It’s very difficult for many of our Q profiles to expand inward without wrinkling, but they can do it as long as the corner radii are generous. Expansion inward parts are built as a continuous loop (with air connector) and typically installed into a channel with the outside diameter (OD) as the fixed dimension. Please keep in mind that we don’t offer square or tightly radiused corners which can expand inward.

   Rectangular/Axial Expansion  
Rectangular Inflatable Seal for Axial Expansion                 

This is another common configuration for rectangular parts (i.e. sliding door seals). With this design, we may specially form the part or, if the diameter is large, will make it endless with the understanding that it will be bonded in place or mechanically retained in some fashion (see retention systems). For this configuration, the centerline diameter (CL) is fixed.

Straight Inflatable Seal and Clamp Configurations

   Straight Inflatable Seals and Clamps  
Straight Inflatable Seals and Clamps                 

Profiles supplied in a straight configuration are most commonly used as clamps or actuators. Please note that when we supply these products straight, the ends are vulcanized in the deflated condition and don’t expand. The amount of dead area depends on the profile and is listed per profile. We also offer several retention systems which work well with straight parts.

U-Shaped Inflatable Seal Configurations

   U-Shaped/Outward Expansion  
U-Shaped Inflatable Seal for Expansion Outward                 

This is a very common configuration and is our preference with U-shaped designs (i.e. inflatable gate seals). The part is built in the straight configuration (with air connector) and typically installed into a channel with the inside dimensions (ID) fixed. Note that when we supply these products U-shaped, the ends are vulcanized in the deflated condition and don’t expand. The amount of un-inflated area depends on the profile and will be listed on the configuration details sheet.

   U-Shaped/Inward Expansion  
U-Shaped Inflatable Seal for Expansion Inward                 

It’s very difficult for many of our Q profiles to expand inward without wrinkling, but they can do it as long as the corner radii are generous. Expansion inward U-shapes are built in the straight configuration (with air connector) and typically installed into a channel with the outside dimensions (OD) fixed. Note that when we supply these products U-shaped, the ends are vulcanized in the deflated condition and don’t expand. The amount of un-inflated area depends on the profile and will be listed on the configuration details sheet.

   U-Shaped/Axial Expansion  
U-Shaped Inflatable Seal for Axial Expansion

With axially expanding U-shapes, we may specially form the part or, if the diameter is large, will make it straight with the understanding that it will be bonded in place or mechanically retained in some fashion (see retention systems). For this configuration, the centerline dimensions (CL) are fixed. Please note that when we supply these products U-shaped, the ends are vulcanized in the deflated condition and don’t expand. The amount of dead area depends on the profile and is listed on the configuration details sheet.