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Course Overview

The course develops topics in hydraulics of interest to civil engineers.  It demonstrates the link between well-developed theoretical studies and their practical application in river, environmental, offshore and coastal engineering.  The course begins with water wave theory with particular application to coastal and offshore engineering.  This is followed by consideration of boundary layer development over a flat plate and curved surfaces, leading to boundary layer separation and forces on immersed bodies.  These topics are also part of the EM40JJ Fluid Dynamics course.  The second part of the course is mainly concerned with the analysis of open channel and river flows and sediment transport.  The mechanics of open channel flow are first addressed, mainly focussed on steady, rapidly and gradually varied flow problems applied to artificial and natural channels.  This is followed by consideration of fundamental aspects of sediment transport, including threshold criteria 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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Thomas O'Donoghue

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

  • One of EG3013 Fluid Mechanics A (Passed) or EG3018 Fluid Mechanics (Passed) or EM3018 Fluid Mechanics (Passed) or EM3019 Fluid Mechanics (Passed)
  • 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)

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. Wave mechanics:  linear wave theory; wave kinematics; wave energy and power; wave forces on structures (5 lectures).   

2. Boundary layer flow:  boundary layer description; momentum integral equation; laminar and turbulent boundary layer over flat plate; boundary layer separation and fluid drag (5 lectures).              

3. Open Channel Flow:  steady uniform flow; Manning equation; critical and rapidly-varied flow; St Venant equations; steady gradually-varied flow profiles (5 lectures).      

4. Sediment transport: threshold of motion; bed load; suspended load; bed forms; stable channel design; state of the art and future developments (5 lectures).             

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8 - 18
  • 2 Tutorials during University weeks 8 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Online open book exam (50%)

Online open book exam (50%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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