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AR20385: Civil engineering hydraulics 1

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 20%, EX 80%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 20%)
  • Examination (EX 80% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
AR20385 Reassessment -Examination (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
To give students a knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of fluid mechanics.

Learning Outcomes:
The successful student will be able to:
Determine hydrostatic forces; relate viscosity to buoyancy in considering the settlement of particles; describe the principles and practice of pressure measurement; understand the basic principles of fluid flow and the analysis of different types of flow; analyse flows in a network of pipes; understand and be able to apply dimensional analysis, and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the design of a range of open channel hydraulic structures.

Intellectual skills: Ability to apply the basic concepts and principles of fluid mechanics to the solution of engineering problems. Professional/Practical skills: To deal with basic fluid mechanics engineering issues in a systematic yet creative way, and to communicate the conclusions clearly. Transferable/key skills: Ability to collect, analyse, synthesise and present technical information. To demonstrate communication and team working skills.

Properties of fluids. Hydrostatics Forces on submerged surfaces. Buoyancy and stability. Hydrodynamics. Bernoulli Equation. Applications of Bernoulli Momentum Equation. Hagen-poiseuille Laminar/Turbulent Flow. Pipe friction, losses. Pipe flow, Pipe Networks, branched pipes, Dimensional Analysis. Basic Open channel flow: normal flow, critical flow, Froude Number, surges, hydraulic jump.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR20385 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • UEAR-AFB07 : BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AKB07 : BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AFM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AKM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AFM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AKM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)


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