In the context of its nuclear-safety program for pressurized-water reactors, E.D.F. has engaged in theoretical and experimental studies in order to gain better knowledge of the behaviour of a pump under accident conditions, with passage to diphasic regime. The results of these studies are presented here, both from the experimental and theoretical points of view. They show in particular that the behaviour of the pump is essentially dictated by the interfacial friction for small flows, and by the appearance of a critical flow rate for large flows. The outline of the theoretical model describing the operation of the pump in the first three quadrants (positive and negative flow, positive and negative rotation) is described, as are certain special applications of the model, such as the determination of racing velocities in diphasic conditions.