Lawrence Chan Friction and Wear Project Proposal - Fall 2012 Pumps are an unnoticed, yet vital part of our everyday lives. From large oil pumps working on offshore oil refineries to simple water pumps that provide irrigation to farming communities, a pump can affect many. As with any mechanical component, wearing components will play a large role in the lifetime and effectiveness of a pump. For a pump, the major wearing parts are the bearings and seals and it is no surprise that tribology has numerous applications in both. This paper will investigate advancements in mechanical seal technology and focus on steps taken to maximize the effective life of a mechanical seal.