KNF process pumps integrating a patented double-diaphragm system exhibit superior levels of gas tightness and leakage prevention to provide ideal solutions for safely transferring hazardous, toxic, or rare gases. Their redundant diaphragm arrangement creates an effective safeguard to contain gases without risk of escape, even in the unlikely event that the primary, or ‚â€œworking,‚â€ diaphragm becomes damaged. The system additionally prevents contamination from external influences. These pumps typically will be specified for emissions sampling and monitoring, analytical instrumentation, and nuclear, chemical, and process engineering applications, among others.
The unique design pairs a ‚â€œsafety‚â€ diaphragm with an elastic ‚â€œworking‚â€ diaphragm held securely at their edges. An eccentric and a connecting rod move both diaphragms up and down at their center and the ‚â€œworking‚â€ membrane transfers the gas through automatic valves. Both diaphragms enclose a pressure- and vacuum-tight intermediate safety space that can be monitored for pressure changes and serves to prevent contamination and capture the pumped gas should the ‚â€œworking‚â€ diaphragm rupture.
Combined with additional head machining and sealing rings, a double diaphragm system can dramatically enhance gas tightness with leak rates as low as 6 x 10-6 mbar l/s. The ‚â€œsafety‚â€ diaphragm is subject only to low mechanical and thermal loads to promote longer service life.
All pumps with double diaphragms operate oil-free and in any installed position. Users can tailor each pump to its application by selecting from cost-effective customization options, including motor types, pump materials, sensors, and others to satisfy particular requirements.