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CEG8102 : Introduction to Practical Hydraulics

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor David Graham
  • Lecturer: Professor Adam Jarvis
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


A sound grasp of practical hydraulics has always been useful for those working in the water industry. However, our new realisation of the need to be very careful with energy costs has reinforced this need. All those entering the industry should be aware of the precepts of sound hydraulic design without neccesarily being highly skilled hydraulic engineers. However, many people are now entering the industry who do not have a traditional engineering training. Many of these individuals are unaware of, and even intimidated by the kinds of hydraulics that would find extremely useful. This course is an accessible and practical introduction to the area. It will introduce them to the founding concepts of hydraulics and show how they can be applied to problems in drainage, sewer design, water supply and the specification of pumps. A brief glance into more advanced aspects such as computational fluid dynamics will also be offered.

Outline Of Syllabus

Conceptual basics: Statics, the conservation of mass and energy (Bernoulli's equation), ideal and non-ideal flow Reynolds number. Pipe Flow: Empirical and theoretical equations, simple pipes, branched networks, circular networks, flow measurement. Open channel flow: Uniform flow and Manning's equation, non-uniform flow, the design of drainage networks, and flow measurement. Pumps: Pump types, optimal selection and management. Network analysis: An introduction to hydraulic network optimization will be provided, using EPANET for water distribution systems.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture31:304:303 x 1.5 hr lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0021:00Report on laboratory practical work
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture81:008:00PiP or Non-Synchronous
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:304:30Revision and performance of a one hour scheduled quiz
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical32:006:001x2.0 hr laboratory practical, 1x2.0 hr computer practical, 1x2.0 hr field methods. Delivered PiP
Guided Independent StudySkills practice126:0026:00Revision and preparation for final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery15:005:00Assist in tutorial questions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The precepts will be imparted in the lectures and the physical reality illustrated in the laboratory. Problem solving ability and confidence will be built up in independent study and through follow up activities associated with the practicals. Design elements will assess integration of problem solving and practical considerations

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.
Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A40N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M30Quiz - timed in-class assessment of professional qualitative facts.
Prof skill assessmnt1M30Submitted report on practical work
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
PC Examination1M(Formative) Timed in-class assessment of professional qualitative facts
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Quiz (formative) assesses qualitative knowledge related to professional elements of the class. Laboratory report assesses the ability to provide a written report summarizing lab data. Final exam will assess the student’s ability to perform hydraulic calculations in practical problems.

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