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Unit Overview


This unit covers civil 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 develop skills in problem identification, formulation and solution and are able to solve practical engineering problems using the skills established through the unit.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Civil Engineering major sequence

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 civil engineering; and (5) solve a wide range of practical problems in civil engineering hydraulics.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) lab report; and (3) test and examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Tongming Zhou
Unit rules
GENG2010 Principles of Hydraulics
or GENG2003 Fluid Mechanics
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
CIVL4402 Civil Hydraulics (ID 2587)
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
practical classes: 2 hours per week
laboratories: 2 hours per semester.

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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