- Pumps cause fluid flows in liquids.
Pumping a liquid is more efficient than compressing a
gas, because one can pump a great deal more liquid per
unit volume, and liquids, being basically incompressible,
do not gain an appreciable amount of heat during the
pumping process. Pumps cannot handle gasses or saturated
vapors, because such fluids tend to cavitate, or boil.
Cavitation causes excessive shocks within the pump and
can rapidly lead to pump failure.
- Possible modeling assumptions for
pumps include: isothermal.