Experimental investigations concerning cavitation in radial flow pump for three different leading edge profiles of the vane were carried out in an open circuit system. The operating condition of the radial flow pump under cavitating case was understood by measurement of noise and vibration along with the pump parameters for various speeds and flow rates. The outcome of the experimental results revealed that the noise and vibration were better predictors of inception and development of cavitation. Further observation inferred from critical net positive suction head (NPSH) curve of 3% head drop and critical NPSH value of noise and vibration are presented. © 2013 by ASME.