In harsh-environment energy applications, the sealing of the feedthroughs’ electrical connections represents a potential weak point. Cable feedthroughs that use organic, naturally aging epoxy or ceramic seals which require additional solder interface materials can become porous or develop fissures over time, resulting in leakage and electrical malfunction. To achieve the most reliable performance possible, SCHOTT utilizes superior 'Compression Glass-to-Metal Sealing', which creates a compressive force on the materials that results in durably robust feedthrough seals.

Eternaloc® feedthroughs can be designed to…

Withstand extreme temperatures

Can be designed for operating conditions from -200 to +450°C. Special material combinations even allow up to 1000°C.

Be fully pressure- and explosion-proof

Can be designed to withstand 1300 bar or 20,000 PSI pressure and certified to comply with explosion-proof standards, such as ATEX and IECEx.

Offer excellent electrical performance

Can be designed for more than 13,800 volts and 1,500 amperes, as well as for instrumentation purposes.

Last for decades

Can be designed to offer a qualified lifetime of up to 60 years, delivering maintenance-free reliability that, in turn, reduces recalls and replacements and lowers total cost of ownership.

SCHOTT Eternaloc® Terminal Headers for Liquefied Gas Applications

Gas pressure and extreme temperatures as low as -165°C place incredibly high demands on pumps and other equipment in liquefied gas applications. The requirements are equally high for their electrical terminal header assemblies, particularly since the safety consequences of terminal header failure or leakage can be severe. Thanks to unique compression glass-to-metal sealing technology, Eternaloc® electrical terminal headers are extremely robust, compression-sealed units that provide practically unlimited pressure-proof hermeticity and enhanced safety in cases of accidents. Decades of maintenance-free reliability helps reduce total cost of ownership.

In contrast, other sealing technologies that use organic polymers or ceramics have technical disadvantages that can compromise the integrity of the seal and result in leakage and electrical malfunction, especially when exposed to severe temperature fluctuations over time.

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SCHOTT Eternaloc® Nuclear Electrical Penetration Assemblies

High-quality, hermetically sealed Eternaloc® electrical penetration assemblies (EPAs) from SCHOTT have the capability to deliver the dual benefit of increased safety and reduced total cost of ownership in nuclear power plants.

By utilizing inorganic, non-aging glass seals with significant heat- and radiation-resistant properties, SCHOTT EPAs provide considerable advantages. In contrast, epoxy seals may break down under extreme temperature and pressure. This was observed at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster in 2011, among other instances.


SCHOTT Eternaloc® Compressed Gas Lead-through Plates

To design Eternaloc® lead-through plates for hydrogen gas-cooled generators and other compressed gas applications, SCHOTT utilizes only inorganic and non-aging materials: the feedthroughs consist of a steel flange with the conductors or thermocouples sealed in using compression glass-to-metal sealing technology. The specialty glass acts as the electrical insulator and hermetic seal, which reliably prevents leakage of hydrogen, as well as intrusion of oxygen or moisture.

In contrast, lead-through plates that use organic, naturally aging epoxy seals could compromise the generator’s pressure integrity, resulting in leakage and electrical malfunction.

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SCHOTT Eternaloc® Oil and Gas Connectors, Feedthroughs and Penetrators

Subsea: Years of maintenance-free robustness above 20,000 PSI

Eternaloc® subsea connectors and feedthroughs offer long-term durable protection of subsea tree components, such as wellhead pressure sensors, in high temperature, high pressure (HPHT) conditions. Eternaloc® connectors are available as a complete subsea connector assembly for your application for greater safety, simpler testing and qualification, and space-saving purposes.

Exploration: Made to withstand 35,000 PSI and above

Made with inorganic, non-aging, and ultra-robust glass seals, Eternaloc® exploration connectors are designed to support safe and reliable transmission of valuable data and information provided by sensors in HPHT Wireline, MWD and LWD oil and gas applications. The extreme conditions in drilling applications are prohibitive for lesser-quality materials. For example, connectors using thermoplastic seals are prone to deformation from creepage, leading to an increased risk of seal compromise and component damage. 

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Simplifying your processes with less welds

Eternaloc® connectors are available as a complete subsea connector assembly for your application for greater safety, simpler testing and qualification, and space-saving efforts.

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SCHOTT Eternaloc® Submarine Penetration Assemblies

Reactor integration in submarines requires careful engineering and specialized components. Bulkheads fortified with radiation shields separate the reactor from the rest of the submarine. Electrical pass-through is required into and out of the reactor area for power, instrumentation, and control cables.

In standard applications, polymers or epoxies can be used to surround and insulate the cables at the pass-through point. But in nuclear applications, where the barrier must remain hermetic for safety and radiation protection, this sealing is insufficient. Here, glass-sealed SCHOTT Eternaloc® bulkhead penetrations deliver resistance to extreme shock, pressure, vibration, and temperature – in some cases as much as 50 times greater than typical submarine component requirements.


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Ulrich Dirr, Head of Sales Eternaloc®
Ulrich Dirr

Head of Sales Eternaloc®