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Channel Flow and Hydraulic Structures ENG712


This unit of explores the principles of uniform flow in open channels (Bernoulli equation; surface waves, the significance of Froude). These will be extended into a study of the principles of slowly varying and rapidly varying flow, the calculation of backwater curves and hydraulic jumps. The studied principles will then be applied to the design of hydraulic structures. The syllabus also covers the use of commercial software to design hydraulic structures.


Unit name Channel Flow and Hydraulic Structures
Unit code ENG712
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Engineering
Coordinator Ms Anna Wrobel-Tobiszewska
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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Learning Outcomes

  • Calculate stream and hydraulic structure performance using open channel flow and relevant theory.
  • Design gutters, inlets, culverts and piers using the principles of slowly varying and rapidly varying flow, the calculation of backwater curves and hydraulic jumps
  • Design culverts and other hydraulic structures using commercial software packages
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AssessmentDesign/drawing (40%)|Design/drawing (40%)|Data analysis (20%)
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