In this paper, the two-fluid model was adopted to analyze the cavitating flow. Based on Boltzmann equation, governing equations for two-phase cavitating flow were obtained by using the microscopic kinetic theory, in which the equation terms for mass and momentum transportations can be obtained directly. Then the RNG k–ε–kg turbulence model, that is RNG k–ε model for the liquid phase and kg model for the cavity phase, was used to close the Reynolds time-averaged equations. According to the governing equations above, the simulation of the two-phase cavitating flow through a closed pump sump has been carried out. The calculated results have been compared with a PIV experiment. Good agreement exhibited.

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