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FCE 421: FLUID MECHANICS IIB

S. K. NGARI

COURSE GENERAL INFORMATION


Objectives
Develop insight into the basic physical principles that
govern the water flows in open channels
Develop analytical and mathematical skills needed to
describe and predict open-channel flow behaviour using
modern computational tools
Develop an ability to effectively to effectively apply these
principles and skills to the engineering solutions of
problems in open-channel systems
At the end of the course the student will be able to:

Estimate flows using Manning's equation


Apply Froude number and specific energy relationships
Predict hydraulic jump
Obtain flow measurements in channels
Describe backwater curve

Course Content

Introduction to Open channel flow


Uniform flow in open channels
Development of friction formulae
Economical sections.

Non-Uniform flow in open channels


Energy considerations
Specific energy.
Rapidly varied flow
Occurrence and position of hydraulic jumps.

Critical depth meters


Weirs and flumes.

Gradually varied flow:


Type of surface curves

Shallow water waves, surges in open channels.

Laboratory work:
Flow over Venturi Flume,
Flow over hydraulic Jump,
Backwater Curve measurements

COURSEWORK ASSIGNMENTS
There will be five tutorial exercises during the
semester. Deadlines will be given to you for each
exercise. The exercises are as follows:
1.
Uniform Flow
2.
Non-uniform flow: energy principles:
specific energy
3.
Rapidly varied flow the hydraulic jump
4.
Critical depth meters
5.
Gradually varied flow

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of Fluid Mechanics.
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Mechanics, Ninth Edition, WCB, McGraw Hill.
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Engineering. Hydraulics. Essential theory with worked examples.
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Finnemore, E.J. and Franzini, J.B. (2002): Fluid Mechanics with Engineering
Applications. 10th Edition, Mac Graw Hill.

ORGANIZATION OF THE COURSE


The organization of the course will be lectures
and tutorial/laboratory sessions. Attendance to all
parts cannot be over-emphasized and will be
monitored by registering the attendance. You are
encouraged to take advantage of the tutorial
sessions for help with coursework or anything
else connected with the course and your
progress.

GRADING PLAN
Grading of the course will be weighted as
follows:
Coursework
30%
Final Exam
70%

Total
100%