Cavitation in pumps is one of the most important causes of damage to pumps impellers/inducers. A numerical model is developed here to simulate the pump hydraulics in different conditions. Experiments are also conducted to validate the computer simulations. To verify the numerical model, the h–m˙ (head versus mass flow rate) of the model is compared with the experimental data. The system is then run under cavitation state. Two methods are applied to monitor the cavitation threshold: first by using stroboscope and observing cavitation bubbles through the transparent casing of the pump and second by checking the NPSHA value for cavitation based on ISO3555. The paper then compares the experimental and numerical results to find the strengths and weaknesses of the numerical model.

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