Modeling a network of fluid (air flow, hydraulic or other) predicts the evolution of pressures, velocities and flow of operation of a network based on its parameters of implantation:

The operating point of the network depends on the parameters of implantation. At the study project, the flow of network operation is sought, to check if it is Conform to the project's specifications.
  • Calculations of flow rates, resulting from the Bernoulli, which gives the relationship of balance of energy between two points in a fluid stream
The flow of operation is given by the balance between :
  • sum of the energies of pressure entering in the network
  • sum of the energies of pressure coming out of the network + pressure used by the network.
The pressure energy to the input of the network, are:
  • Static pressure. The static pressure is provided by the pump, pressure tank or water tower
  • the static load: height gradient between the entry point and exit point.
  • Dynamic pressure: kinetic energy of the fluid entry
The pressure energy at the output of the network are: The pressure energies consumed by the network are the head loss.
  • For air systems, the static load due to vertical drop is negligible.
  • For closed systems, energy dynamic pressure and the static load output are returned to the input, so it is ignored in the calculation of the energy needed to operate the system.
  • In a closed network, the operating point depends only on to the head loss, and the pressure curve of the pump: The pump should provide a pressure equal to the sum of pressure losses.
  • In an open network, the operating point depends on the losses, the vertical drop between the entry and exit points, and the kinetic energy (dynamic pressure) given to the fluid.
see pump operating point and turbine operating point