Single-Course Danish 5 ECTS

Hydraulics in pipes and open channels

Overall Course Objectives

To give students an introduction to hydraulics and its application within civil and environmental engineering, related to caissons, reservoirs, rivers, channels, pipelines and hydraulic structures.

Learning Objectives

  • Calculate hydrostatic pressure, pressure forces and stability of the caissons
  • Describe laminar and turbulent flows
  • Describe pressure and friction forces
  • Calculate head losses in channels, streams and pipelines
  • Explain the energy conditions in flows
  • Analyze hydraulic problems and develop appropriate methods of solution
  • Implement simple calculations to calculate the pipeline and channel capacity
  • Can describe why and how a flow changes the force field on a structure
  • Determine the flow characteristics and the water depth variation along the flow direction in open channels flows

Course Content

Hydraulics deals with fluids at rest (hydrostatics), and with air and water flows. Hydrostatic pressure is introduced and the concept of buoyancy is explained. Pressure forces on submerged and floating structures. Basic concepts such as steady flow, uniform flow, and laminar and turbulent flows are introduced. The basis for hydraulics is derived from the conservation equations of mass, energy and momentum and applied in a number of technical problems. Methods of calculating the head loss will be derived and used for the hydraulic design pipelines and open channels. For open channels, the concepts of, natural depth, specific energy, critical depth, hydraulic jumps and simple hydraulic structures will be introduced.

Teaching Method

Lectures and exercises


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13 weeks


DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 41102
Course type Bachelor
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Tues 13-17

7.500,00 DKK