CIVL4402 Civil Hydraulics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
The major objective of this unit is to acquire basic theory and principles of hydraulics and to develop students' ability to apply the knowledge of hydraulics to solve a wide range of engineering problems. Students are expected to develop a good degree of skills in problem identification, formulation and solution and be able to solve practical engineering problems using the skills established through the unit.

This unit covers fundamental knowledge about hydraulics and applications of hydraulics to engineering problems. Unit content includes pipe flow and pipeline network analysis, the operation of pumps and pump-pipeline analysis, pressure surge in pipelines, open-channel flows, hydraulic structures and their applications in civil engineering, volume flow rate measurements in open-channel flows, basic theory of turbulent flow and boundary layer flow, the evaluation of fluid loads on immersed bodies, and a brief introduction to wave theory and hydrology.
Students are able to (1) work effectively in teams; (2) communicate effectively using technical reports; (3) demonstrate critical thinking and information literacy; (4) explain the basic theory and principles of hydraulics and their applications in engineering; (5) apply knowledge of hydraulics to solve a wide range of engineering problems; (6) demonstrate skills in problem identification, formulation and solution; and (7) solve practical engineering problems using the skills established through the unit.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) laboratories; and (3) in-class tests. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Tongming Zhou
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: CIVL2130 Hydraulics I, ENSC3010 Hydraulics, ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics,
MECH2403 Thermofluids 2
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3010 Hydraulics,
ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics
CIVL3130 Hydraulics II
Contact hours
lectures: 39 hours; practical classes: 26 hours

Munson, B. R., Young, D. F. and Okiishi, T. H. Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics, 4th edn: John Wiley & Sons Inc. 2002

Nalluri, C. and Featherstone, R. E. Civil Engineering Hydraulics, 4th edn: Blackwell Science 2001

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