ENGRCEE 278 Fluid Mechanics of Open Channels (2014-2015)

ENGRCEE 278 Fluid Mechanics of Open Channels

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 278 Fluid Mechanics of Open Channels (Credit Units: 4) Fundamentals of fluid motion in open channels. Navier-Stokes equations and one-dimensional momentum and energy principles. Topics include rapidly varied flow, flow resistance and turbulence, gradually varied flow, unsteady flow, and computational methods for channel flow modeling. Prerequisite: CEE20 or MAE10; CEE170 or MAE130A. Graduate students only. Concurrent with ENGRCEE 178. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0073397870.

Recommended Textbook:
  • Henderson, F. M. Open Channel Flow, Macmillan, 1966.
  • Chow, V.T. Open-Channel Hydraulics, McGraw-Hill, 1959.
  • Ippen, A.T. Estuary and Coastline Hydrodynamics, 1966.
Brett F. Sanders
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic

Elementary fluid mechanics: continuity, momentum, and energy principles.

Lecture Topics:
  • Navier Stokes Equations (Week 1)
  • Specific Energy (Week 2)
  • Momentum (Week 3)
  • Uniform Flow (Week 4)
  • Gradually Varied Flow (Week 5, 6)
  • Governing Equations of Unsteady Flow (Week 7)
  • Solution Methods for Unsteady Flow (Week 8)
  • Simplified Methods of Flow Routing (Week 9)
  • Sediment Transport (Week 10)
Class Schedule:

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

Computer Usage:

Students use computers to find roots of nonlinear equations, integrate ordinary differential equations, and integrate partial differential equations. Required Lab Software: Matlab.

Laboratory Projects:
Professional Component
Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 20%
  • Design Project: 10%
  • Midterm Exam: 30%
  • Final Exam: 40%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

April 15, 2014
Senate Approved:
May 7, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr