ENGRCEE 278 Fluid Mechanics of Open Channels (2015-2016)

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. 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

(Introduction to Computational Engineering Problem Solving (CEE 20) or Introduction to Engineering Computations (MAE 10)) or (Introduction to Fluid Mechanics (CEE 170) and Introduction to Fluid Mechanics (MAE 130A)). 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

August 18, 2014
Senate Approved:
November 10, 2014
Approved Effective:
2015 Fall Qtr