College of Science and Engineering
Open channel flows and basic hydraulics. Flow resistance in rivers from a fluid mechanics perspective. Non-uniform flow and principles of hydraulic routing of floods. Modeling and applications to design. Sediment transport in alluvial channels. Basics of fluvial geomorphology and fluvial hydraulics. Lab.
Goals and Diversity
MN Goal Course
Apply the principles of conservation of mass and mechanical energy to the analysis of 1-dimensional open-channel flows. Evaluate, from physical and design perspectives, the applicability and limitations of Bernoulli's principle to prediction of 1-d open-channel flows.
Apply the momentum principle to examples of open-channel flows such as hydraulic jumps or supercritical flows. Analyze uniform flows and evaluate applicability to natural or artificially created open-channel flows.
Predict water surface profiles using numerical solutions of the governing equations under steady flow conditions, for realistic cases such as lake connections and natural or man-made rivers. Derive hydraulic performance graphs using the general theory of backwater profiles.
Synthesize major (basic) elements of the unsteady flow theory, and the derivation of the Saint-Venant (shallow-water) equations. Apply basic concepts of this theory to the analysis of hydraulic routing of floods, and the use of standard hydraulic models.