SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2H124592
Module Leader Babakalli Alkali
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Applicable Mathematics I & II Engineering Mechanics (statics and dynamics)

Summary of Content

-1 Mechanics is used to analyze fluid systems. A study of fluid flow in pipes and open channels are undertaken concentrating on theoretical and analytical aspects. Study of hydraulic structures to control water level and regulate discharges. Study of pumps and turbines and their applications in water supply wastewater pumping and power generation.


-1 Fluid Statics: Measurement of pressure in fluid systems. Analysis of hydrostatic torsion plane and cylindrical surfaces. Hydrostatic buoyant thrust. Stability of floating bodies . -1 Flow in pipes: Energy equation for incompressible flow for laminar and turbulent flow. Energy losses in pipe systems. Friction factors, -1 Loss factors and equivalent lengths. Hydraulic gradients. Series, parallel and branched pipe systems. Pressure energy and water hammer. Pump- pipeline system analysis and design: Hydraulic gradient in pump-pipeline system. Multiple pump systems, Variable- speed pump operation. Suction lifts limitations . -1 Flow measurement: Principles of standard flow measuring devices. Orifices, venture meters, notches, weirs, Pitot static tubes, broad crested -1 Weirs, venturi-flumes. Flow in open channels: Uniform flow in open channels. Chezy's and Manning's formula. Most efficient cross section of open channel. Steady flow, rapidly varied flow and energy principals. The momentum equation and the hydraulic jump. Channel design. Culvert flow. Hydraulic structures: spillways, energy dissipation and downstream structures. Dimensional analyses: Similitude and Hydraulic models.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:-Define the properties of fluids.Explain the concepts of fluid mechanics.Apply the correlation between pressure and depth to solve problems in fluid systems involving manometer and hydrostatic forces on plane and cylindrical --surfaces. Explain the principles of buoyancy. (A1, A2)-Calculate energy losses in pipe systems, using standard formula.-Determine friction factors using charts, tables, and formulae(D1,D5,D6,D7)-Determine hydraulic and energy gradients.-Analyze pipe systems including series, parallel and branched systems.(D1,D5,D6,D7).-Determine flow rates using standard formulae.(C1,C2,C3,C4,C5,C7)-Analyze the use of pumps and turbines in the water supply and energy generation (B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B7).-Channel design.-Using dimensional analysis for the design and operation of physical models to predict the behavior of their prototype counterpart.(B1,B2,B3,B4,B5,B7) -To provide understanding of and ability in the application of fluid mechanics in Civil Engineering. (A1, A2).-Students completing this course should have the tools necessary for analysis of field problems in fluid mechanics.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Balance of theory and practical illustration in lectures and practical lab sessions, with problem solving in small group teaching activities are the main teaching methods will be based on lectures with laboratory exercises used to relate theoretical concepts to practical experience. The students will be expected to perform directed reading exercises and self-learning exercises on emerging technologies. Tutorials will be used to reinforce the module material and to discuss the issues raised by the directed reading.

Indicative Reading

-1 L Hamill, MacMillan (1995). Understanding Hydraulics -1 M Kay, Spon(1998.) Practical Hydraulics Douglas, J.F., Gasiorek, J.M., Swaffield, J.A., Fluid Mechanics , Longman Group United Kingdom; ISBN: 0582414768. R.S. Khurmi, S.Chand& Company Ltd. (2000), Hydraulics, Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Machines. Jack B. Evett& Cheng Liu Schaum's solved Problems series (1989) Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics

Transferrable Skills

Tutorials provide: -1 Ability to adopt the scientific approach which is essential in engineering in order to express fundamental concepts and Principles in quantifiable form. Problem Solving and Numeracy:-1 The development of the ability to synthesize and analyze engineering problems is a -1 Particularly important aspect of this module. (D3, D6) Laboratories provide: practical skills required use of IT and Interpersonal/team skills: improves ability of a student to work in team and promote interpersonal communications. Reports provide: the sequential writing skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 14.00
Independent Learning (FT) 102.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Tutorials (FT) 28.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% The course Consists of Quiz as formative assessment. The laboratory report and viva voce is considered as linked summative assessment
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Final Examination : Unseen written examination - 2 Hours
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 35% Mid-term test - Unseen written examination -1½ Hours