A combination of theoretical and practical aspects. Knowledgeable and experienced lecturers. Overall a good interactive class with thorough explanations of questions by lecturers.- Gold Coast 2016 View all testimonials

Principles of Hydraulic Engineering and Open Channel Flow

From 08/11/17 to 10/11/17

This course is for people with an interest in performing hydraulic calculations and developing an understanding of the principles of hydraulic engineering. The general principles of basic fluid mechanics are reviewed and their application to pipe and open channel flows is discussed. The focus of the course is on steady flows of water.

This is a practical course, and the lecture material is supported with practical applications, worked examples and laboratory exercises.


Day 1    

Review of general principles

  • Conservation of mass, momentum and energy and the Bernoulli principle
  • Basic definitions: flow depth, bed elevation, total head, specific energy

Open channel hydraulics of short, frictionless transitions

  • Application of the Bernoulli principle
  • Broad-crested weir and gauging devices
  • Flow transitions (channel contraction, divergence, drop, step,..etc)
  • Specific energy and critical flow conditions

Case studies

Laboratory practicals

  • Half day visit to the Hydraulics Laboratory at The University of Queensland

Day 2

Applications to real fluid flows

  • Hydraulic jump and energy dissipation
  • Hydrodynamic forces on structures
  • Flow resistance calculations and uniform equilibrium flow in channels

Hydraulic engineering of long channels

  • Flow resistance in pipes, conduits and open channels
  • Uniform equilibrium flows in open channels

Case studies

Laboratory practicals

  • Half day visit to the Hydraulics Laboratory at The University of Queensland

Day 3

Basics of hydraulic engineering of pumps

  • Characteristic curves
  • Application to a pump installed in a pipeline

Introduction to sediment motion and transport

  • Shear stress and shear velocity
  • Inception of sediment motion

Dimensional analysis and similitude

  • Dimensional Analysis
  • Physical modelling


  • Turbulence Measurements
  • Turbulence Data Analyses in Hydraulic Engineering

Case studies


  • Course notes and USB
  • Access to a world leading expert in hydraulic engineering
  • Real Australian and international case studies and examples
  • Visits to a leading hydraulics laboratory


Scientists and engineers who wish to gain some knowledge and expertise in basic fluids and hydraulic engineering with real-world applications.

Hubert Chanson