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New Findings on Leaky Seals

Jülich, 18 June 2012 – Simulations on Jülich supercomputers show that rubber rings and other seals are theoretically tight when the contact area is smaller than previously assumed. Seals can stop liquids leaking as soon as more than 42 percent of the leak-preventing surfaces are in contact. The results have been published in the latest edition of the journal Physical Review Letters (10.1103/Physics.5.66).

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