ENGRCEE 171 Water Resources Engineering (2017-2018)

ENGRCEE 171 Water Resources Engineering

(Required for CE. Selected Elective for ChE and EnE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 171 Water Resources Engineering (Credit Units: 4) Principles governing the analysis and design of water resource systems including pressurized pipelines, pipe networks, channels and ground water. Coverage of fluid mass, momentum and energy conservation, flow resistance and related laboratory measurements in different systems. Prerequisite: CEE170. Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Environmental Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 2)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0077422417.

Recommended Textbook:
Russell L. Detwiler
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Perform control volume analyses on hydraulic systems.

2. Characterize frictional and minor energy losses in pipeline.

3. Analyze and design pipelines involving both serial and parallel configurations to deliver a specified flow and pressure constraints.

4. Make laboratory measurements of volumetric flow rates and water levels.

5. Characterize uniform flow in channels using the Manning Equation.

6. Apply EPANet and SWMM to analyze and design hydraulic systems.

7. Design a hydraulic system to address multiple water management objectives.

8. Communicate a design with oral and written presentations.

Prerequisites by Topic

Fluid mechanics, Numerical methods.

Lecture Topics:
  • Laminar and turbulent flow (Week 1)
  • Energy losses in pipes (Week 2)
  • Energy analysis of pipelines; turbines and pumps (Week 3)
  • Pipe network analysis and design (Week 4)
  • Design project introduction (Week 5)
  • Open channel flow (Week 6-7)
  • Pumps (Week 8)
  • Flow measurements (Week 9)
  • Design presentations (Week 10)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture, 1 hour of discussion and 2 hours of laboratory each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Use of computers is extensive. Both Matlab and hydraulic modeling software for flow in pressurized pipe networks (EPANET: http://www.epa.gov/nrmrl/wswrd/dw/epanet.html and SWMM: http://www.epa.gov/nrmrl/wswrd/wq/models/swmm/ which are both open-source software provided by EPA) are used. Approximately half of the laboratory sessions involve extensive computer usage.

Laboratory Projects:

The class has a mandatory weekly laboratory component that is either a hands-on fluids experiment or a computer modeling experience. The laboratory begins with instruction from the TA on laboratory protocols, and students subsequently carry out the weekly assignment. Outside of laboratory time, each student prepares and submits a laboratory report.

Professional Component

Contributes to the design experience and Engineering Topics courses of Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering majors.

Design Content Description

Students learn the engineering design process in the context of an integrative design project that constitutes several weeks of the course. Teams of 4-5 students are tasked with developing hydraulic infrastructure networks to serve water supply, flood control, and/or water conservation purposes. Students must apply both technical and creative skill to develop a conceptual design, and then apply analysis skills to ensure that the design is workable. Three weeks of class time is spent providing an overview of the assignment, describing the design process, and addressing questions from individual teams. Oral presentations are also given in class by each team to first describe the conceptual design, and later the final design. Each team also submits a written report. Analysis skills that are applied in the context of the design process are developed throughout the quarter via laboratory assignments.

Lectures: 80%
Laboratory Portion: 20%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework/Class participation: 15%
  • Lab Reports: 20%
  • Design Project: 15%
  • Quizzes: 10%
  • Midterm: 15%
  • Final Exam: 25%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 2.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 2.0 credit units

February 22, 2017
Senate Approved:
January 12, 2016
Approved Effective:
2016 Fall Qtr