CEG8102 : Introduction to Practical Hydraulics

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; Manning's equation and transport of solids, the design of simple sewers and drainage networks and flow measurement. Pumps. Pump types, optimal selection and management. An introduction to contemporary tools in hydraulic, network optimisation, computational fluid dynamics

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion17:307:30In-class test (approx. 2 hrs.)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion200:3010:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion17:307:30Report on practical work
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00Practical laboratory sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study147:0047:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material
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 independant study and through follow up activities associated with the practicals.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A70Unseen written examination.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M151000 word report
Prof skill assessmnt1M15In-class test
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam will examine competence with theory whilst the coursework will monitor attendance and grasp of relevant practical work

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