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Radial Male & Female


The cross section of the O-ring can be measured in both the axial and radial direction.  A radial seal uses the radial cross section of the O-ring to seal around a piston. There are two variations of a radial seal:  a male and a female design. The male design places the groove and O-ring on the piston. This may also be called a piston seal.  A variation of this is the female design, which places the groove inside the bore.  This may also be called a rod seal.


Radial seals will see movement during installation, however once in place, the O-ring is considered static.

Parker Hannifin
O-Ring & Engineered Seals
2360 Palumbo Drive
Lexington, KY 40509
Ph: 859-269-2351
Fax: 859-335-5128