Semi-Rotary Pumps

semi-rotary pump A semi-rotary pump does not have a traditional cylindrical barrel, but instead its valves are contained within a circular casing. On removing the casing cover two valve assemblies can be seen - a fixed valve assembly forming the input side of the pump (valves A1 and A2 in the diagram) and a moving valve assembly (commonly called the "wing" and containing valves B1 and B2), which is the delivery side.

The wing is a close fit within the inner face of the metal casing and is oscillated through about 110 degrees by means of a handle fixed to a central spindle. The space below the wing is divided into two chambers, X and Y, and the space above the wing is another chamber, Z.

When the wing is rotated in a clockwise direction, pressure is lowered in chamber X, valve A1 opens and water enters the chamber. At the same time, valve B2 opens, and water already in chamber Y from a previous pump of the handle flows into chamber Z. On the reverse stroke of the handle, valves A1 and B2 close and valves A2 and B1 open, water flows up into chamber Y and that in chamber X is forced into chamber Z, which if it is already full results in water being expelled out through the delivery pipe. Subsequent oscillations of the handle maintain the delivery of water alternately from chambers X and Y, into Z, and out via the delivery pipe.

These simple pumps are widely available today, are easy to maintain and are commonly used for pumping kerosene and fuel oil, as well as water. They are often called "K-type" pumps, as most of them carry a K number, from K0 to K7, on their covers, which refers to the diameter of the inlet/outlet bores. This has become somewhat standardised across the years and across the world, but some variations exist. Most often they are as follows:
K Number Rate of Flow (litres/min)
K0 = ½"
K1 = ¾"
K2 = 1"
K3 = 1 ¼"
K4 = 1 ¼" (higher rate of flow - don't understand yet)
K5 = 1 ½"
K6 = Not used.
K7 = 2"