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Course Overview

The course begins with consideration of boundary layer development over a flat plate and curved surfaces, leading to boundary layer separation and forces on immersed bodies. This is followed by study of water wave theory with application to coastal and offshore engineering. These topics are also part of the EG40JJ Fluid Dynamics course. The second part of the course focuses on open channel flow and sediment transport, covering the St Venant equations, calculation of gradually varied flow profiles, fundamental aspects of sediment transport, and the calculation of bed load and suspended load transport.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 10 credits (5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Thomas O'Donoghue

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of BSc Engineering (Civil) or Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering (Civil) or Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Civil and Structural) or Master of Engineering in Civil and Structural Engineering or Master of Engineering in Civil Eng with Subsea Technology or Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Civil and Environmental) or Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering or Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering with Management
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of EG3013 Fluid Mechanics A (Passed) or EG3018 Fluid Mechanics (Passed) or EM3018 Fluid Mechanics (Passed) or EM3019 Fluid Mechanics (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

1.       Boundary layer description, momentum integral equation, laminar and turbulent boundary layer over flat plate. Boundary layer separation and fluid drag.       
(6 lectures)

2.       Wave mechanics: Development of linear wave theory. Wave kinematics. Wave energy and power. Wave forces on structures. Wave shoaling and refraction.             
(6 lectures)

3.       Free surface flow - St Venant equation and applications, steady uniform flow and conventional resistance formulae; critical flow and control sections, steady and unsteady gradually varying flow.     
(6 lectures)

4.       Sediment transport: Threshold of motion; bed load; suspended load; bed forms; stable channel design; the state of the art and future developments.            
(6 lectures)

Further Information & Notes

May not be included with EG 40DB in a minimum curriculum.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Summative Assessments

1st Attemp: 1 three-hour written examination paper (90%) and continuous assessment (10%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


a) Students can receive feedback on their progress with the Course on request at the tutorial/feedback sessions.

b) Students will receive feedback from their class tests.

c) Feedback on the final exam will be via posting of the exam paper solutions on MyAberdeen. Students can request more detailed individual feedback on their exam performance by contacting the Course Coordinator.

Course Learning Outcomes


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