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Principles of Hydraulic Engineering and Open Channel Flow

The aim of this 18hr course is to teach the key elements and processes that form the basis of hydrogeology.  The course focuses on both scientific theory and practical applications essential to any professional faced with issues associated with groundwater.  The knowledge will be imparted with a series of short lectures dealing with real hydrogeological and groundwater issues supported with workshop exercises and case studies.  This is as practical course, and includes a field trip element to allow for the application of the skills learned.

Issues addressed


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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
    • Turbulence Measurements
    • Turbulence Data Analyses in Hydraulic Engineering
  • Case studies

What do you get

  • 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

Who should attend

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

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