I agree and disagree all at the same time with three90s. First of all, the air flow drawn into the pump is dependent on the speed of the water flow across the venturi. Second, the speed of the water flow is dependent on head pressure differences between the input and output of the pump in question. In a CLS setup, the head pressure come from the water in the output pipe being pulled toward earth by gravity and slows the flow of the pump as that amount of water increases; i.e. more height, or larger diameter pipes. In this example, where a water tower is concerned, the "head pressure" is reletively equal on the input and output pipes. This means that the water speed through the pump is not affected very much, if at all, by the amount of water in the skimmer, or the height of the skimmer that the pump is attached to. However, the straw theory is almost right in that it takes more flow to empty the straw of water at deeper depths (overcome more head), but once the air is flowing through the venturi, it flows at the maximum flow of the diameter of the air tube. The reason for all this is that the speed of the water passing by the venturi is responsible for creating the vacuum that draws the air in and the amount of air in is directly dependent on the flow of water past the venture and the amount of vacuum it creates. Finally, my reason for thinking that the water flow through the pump is not affected is that the pump is not below the body of water, it is technically in the body of water.
Finally, again, the person blowing in the straw must overcome the weight of the water creating pressure in the straw, with a pump and venturi, the pressure is removed from the end of the straw and replaced by a vacuum created by the water rushing past it....whew. I'm 99% sure on all this, but I don't have a degree in fluid dynamics, but I do have a degree in avionics and as far as I know a plane flys the same in a low pressure system as in a high pressure system and the vacuum detected on the wings that provides the lift is not dependent on ambient pressure, but on the speed at which air passes the wing. Please feel free to point out any errors that I may have made as I really like fluid dynamics if you can't tell:rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao: