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Undergraduate Course: Fluid Mechanics (Civil) 3 (CIVE09014)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course is intended to develop an understanding of steady flow in pipe systems, pipe networks and pumping mains. It is also intended to develop and understanding of steady open-channel flow.
Course description Syllabus:
Flow in single pipes (revision of 2nd year)
Flow in pipe systems and networks
Sewer system operation
Flow in open channels - uniform flow
Specific energy and momentum
Gradually varied flow
Rapidly varied flow and hydraulic jumps
Flow around hydraulic structures including gates and steps
Sediment transport in channels

Tutorial Details:
The tutorial is a design exercise encompassing all areas of the syllabus in an holistic problem. Solutions are provided for each part of the exercise after the student has had chance to attempt it.

Laboratory Details:

Flow over Weirs and Hydraulic Jump

Groups of approximately four students test two or three different types of weir in the laboratory flume and determine a relationship between the head upstream of the weir and the discharge flowing over it, and to measure and comment on the properties of a hydraulic jump. One four-hour period is allocated to each group for the lab work including completing the report. An individual report is required from each student, though it is expected that results and graphs are shared amongst group members. Discussions must be individual. The report is submitted and feedback given before the student leaves the laboratory. A risk assessment is required for the activity as part of the report.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Fluid Mechanics 2 (SCEE08003)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesElementary Fluid Mechanics or similar
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 60 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 90 %, Coursework 10 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. Laboratory Report (10%)
2. Degree Examination (90%)
Feedback Feedback on the laboratory report is given immediately verbally and using a mark pro-forma;

Verbal feedback is given on tutorials during tutorial classes and at the student's request.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Fluid Mechanics (Civil) 32:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Fluid Mechanics 3 (Civil)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. interpret and illustrate the main concepts of steady flow in pipes for civil engineering applications
  2. interpret and illustrate the main concepts of steady flow in open channels for civil engineering applications
  3. calculate basic flow quantities for civil engineering hydraulic applications with steady flow
Reading List
Chadwick, Morfett and Borthwick: Hydraulics in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 5th Edition, CRC Press, ISBN-10: 0415672457, ISBN-13: 978-0415672450; Chapters 4, 5, 9, 12, 13 & 15.

There are many other references covering this material; this book is recommended for its relevance to both this and other courses in the degree programme.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Health and Safety Risk Assessment
Group Working
Graph Plotting
Interpreting Design Problems
KeywordsOpen Channel Flow; Pipe Networks; Steady Flow
Course organiserDr Martin Crapper
Tel: (0131 6)50 5727
Course secretaryMrs Lynn Hughieson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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