Hydraulic & Fluid Seals

Back-up Rings, Anti-extrusion Rings

For static or dynamic sealing applications

O-ring with Back-up Ring
O-ring with Back-up Ring
Back-up Ring
Back-up Ring

Back-up rings provide added extrusion resistance and prevent damage to O-rings and seals when subjected to high pressures, larger extrusion gaps, and/or high temperatures.

The use of back-up rings can significantly increase the pressure rating of almost any seal. More Info…

They are used in conjunction with O-rings or dynamic seals for both static and dynamic sealing applications. The back-up ring is placed on the side of the seal opposite to the pressure and must be made out of a stronger material than the seal (Fig.1). For seals that are exposed to pressure from both sides, two back-up rings are required, one on each side. Alternatively, we recommend the use of one of our ultra-high pressure rod or piston seals, which are seal designs with an integrated back-up ring.

Back-up or anti-extrusion rings are used when:

  • The operating pressure or pressure spikes exceed the seal’s extrusion resistance
  • The extrusion gap exceeds maximum recommendation
  • High temperature lowers the seal’s extrusion resistance and presents high risk for seal extrusion
  • Thermo-cycling creates changes in the extrusion gap
  • High pressure causes tube dilation

Back-up Ring Design Considerations: …

Back-up Ring Design Considerations:

There are two basic types of back-up ring designs:

-Standard or modular back-up rings (Fig.1)
Are rectangular or square rings with the same nominal radial cross-section as the seal. They typically will reduce a larger extrusion gap and can improve a seal’s extrusion resistance.

-Positively-actuated back-up rings (Fig.2)
Can be integrated in the seal or can be a specially shaped back-up ring which is automatically forced (actuated) by the system pressure axially and radially into the extrusion gap, reducing or closing the gap, preventing the seal from extruding and extending the seals pressure rating. This design provides the best protection against seal extrusion and seal damage. We offer a variety of ultra-high pressure rod and piston seals that offer this design feature.

The absence of a back-up ring (Fig.3 and Fig.4) can lead to seal extrusion and seal failure under high pressure, larger extrusion gaps, and/or high temperatures.

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Back-up Rings

Typical Applications

Dynamic and/or static sealing applications

Operating Range

Pressure: depending upon material, temperature and extrusion gap. Please contact engineering for material, size and design selection.

Temperature: -65°F to 500°F (-55°C to 260°C) depending upon material

Materials: PTFE, Teflon®, PEEK, POM, Nylon, high-performance polyurethanes, engineering plastics, FDA-compliant material grades and proprietary specialized Duralast™, Duraloy™, and Permachem™ compounds among others.

Availability: More Info…

Most standard or non-standard and application-specific designed back-up rings, in inch or metric sizes, are available with a 2-4 day turnaround.

Contact us to request more information or call 1-800-283-7140 for immediate answers to your questions.


Applications & Industries

AHPSeals’ Back-up rings are currently in successful service in the following industries:

  • Steel Works
  • Government, Military and Defense
  • Abrasive Substance Pumps and Valves
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Can and Package Filling Machines
  • Oil-Field Exploration and Production
  • Paint and Solvent Manufacture and Application
  • Adhesives Dispensing Valves and Cylinders
  • Chemical Pumps
  • Cryogenic Liquid Control Components
  • Liquid Handling Swivel Joints
  • Hydraulics
  • Construction Equipment
  • Drilling Equipment
  • Chemical Pumps and Valves
  • Heavy Mobile Equipment
  • Mining
  • Rubber and Plastics
  • Presses
  • Food Processing
  • Space Exploration
  • Marine
  • Tire Production
  • Low Friction
  • Vacuum Service
  • Automotive Plants
  • Pharmaceutical Production
  • Domestic Goods Production
  • Many other applications

*Maximum values depend on seal material, seal configuration, media, temperatures, pressures, surface speed, dynamic running surface finish and working environment.  Data provided are guidelines for ideal operating conditions.  Seals cannot be operated at their upper pressure and speed ratings at the same time.  For maximum seal life expectancy, do not operate your seal beyond 75% of any of its operating limits. Please consult engineering or call 1-800-283-7140 for advice.


American High Performance Seals assumes no obligation or liability for any advice furnished or results obtained with respect to these products. All such advice is given and accepted at the buyer’s risk.

This information, based on our experience, is offered as part of our service to customers. It is intended for use by persons having technical skill, at their own discretion and risk. We do not guarantee favorable results, and we assume no liability in connection with its use.


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