DE5203 – Hydraulics (Civil)

Module code
Module title
Hydraulics (Civil)
To introduce the principles of fluid mechanics and apply them in civil engineering hydraulic applications
  • EN1603
  • SC1101
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Understand and apply the principles of fluid statics and dynamics.
2.Analyse pipelines and pipe networks.
3.Analyse uniform and non-uniform open channel flow.
4.Determine the operating characteristics of pumps in a range of pipeline systems.
5.Demonstrate understanding of the operation and application of a range of equipment used for the measurement of fluid flow in open and closed conduits.
Pressure and head, manometers; hydraulic lift (jack); resultant thrust on flat-, inclined and curved surfaces; buoyancy, types of flow (uniform, non-uniform, steady, unsteady), Reynold's number, principle of continuity; fluid energy (Bernoulli), momentum principle, thrust on bends and reducers; overview of water and waste water systems.
Major and minor losses, Single pipe analyses, pipes in parallel and series, pipe network analysis, computer applications, practical aspects of pipe system design.
Manning's formula, best channel sections, circular conduits, specific energy, critical depth, sub- and super critical flow, Froude number, flow profiles, practical aspects of channel system design.
Pump types and applications, turbine types and applications, operating characteristics of centrifugal pumps, pump system optimisation, series vs parallel pumps, variable speed pumps, NPSH.
Sharp- and broad crested weirs, flumes, flow orifices, flow nozzles, flow meters and gauges (magnetic flow meters, etc)
Assessment Criteria