Spiral Wound Gaskets

Mercer Gasket & Shim is a premier manufacturer of custom spiral wound gaskets. Mercer’s precision-engineered spiral wound gaskets are ideal for applications that demand a gasket with the highest-quality flexibility and recovery to maintain a seal even in conditions characterized by fluctuating temperature and pressure.

Composed of a steel centering (outer) ring, a spiral wound sealing strip (filler) and an inner ring made of special steel, spiral wound gaskets are created by winding alternating strips of metal and filler material. Depending on the chemical compatibility requirements, the filler and winding material can be changed.

The spiral wound gasket depends upon the mechanical characteristics of a formed metal spiral strip, rather than the compressive virtues of more traditional gasket materials. This makes it particularly suitable for low or fluctuating bolt loads. The sealing strips, or fillers, are usually graphite, although other materials such as PTFE may be used, the windings are always s/steel. For this type of gasket to work the spiral must not be over compressed, hence one of two types of compression control is usually used.

The completed gasket is fitted into a steel ring of specific thickness. When the gasket is fitted into a flange and the bolt load is applied, flange closure is governed by the outer steel ring of the gasket. To further improve the pressure rating of the spiral wound gasket, a steel ring may be added to the inside. This also protects the windings (particularly the filler), from contamination, or attack by, the product.

The second usually compression control is not fitted to the gasket at all, but engineered into the flange. These Gaskets are called Unsupported Spiral Wound Gaskets.

For more than 80 years, Mercer has built its reputation as a leading provider of industrial gaskets by providing clients with the most effective solutions to highly demanding sealing requirements. Today, we offer a wide selection of materials and styles to provide clients with custom spiral wound gaskets that excel in extreme environments.

Spiral Wound Gaskets' Materials

Metal Winding Strip

Stainless Steel 316L
Stainless Steel 304
Stainless Steel 310
Stainless Steel 316Ti
Stainless Steel 347
Mondel 400
Nickel 200
Inconel 600
Inconel 625
Inconel X750
Incoloy 800
Incoloy 825
Hastalloy B2
Hastalloy C276

Filler Materials

Treated Asbestos Fiber
Non-Asbestos Fiber
PTFE
Graphite
Ceramic
Aluminum

Guide Ring Materials

Carbon Steel
Stainless Steel 304
Stainless Steel 316L
Stainless Steel 321
Stainless Steel 347
Stainless Steel 410
Monel 400
Nickel 200
Inconel 600
Incoloy 800
Incoloy 825
Hastalloy B2
Hastalloy C276
Titanium
Alloy 20

Read our Materials Guide to learn more about the materials we offer to help you meet your unique spiral wound gasket needs.