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Open Channel Hydraulics


 with Richard Heggen

short description:
Introduction to open channel hydraulics for practicing engineers and enginering students.
long description:
This course corresponds to 10 hours of the continuing education requirement for professional engineering registration in the US. Students should have had a first course in fluid mechanics or a sound background in hydraulics.

The course covers open channel hydraulics through the topic of flow profiles, a brief version of what a regular university course would entail. Students should know how to use a spreadsheet program.

The course consists of five lessons, each having a multiple choice quiz. Answers are provided. Upon completion, the student will possess the basic knowledge required to properly run complex open channel computer codes. More importantly, however, the student will be able to verify the codes' results.
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 session structure





Introduction and Energy Balance

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Basic terminology. Problems involving energy balance for channel flow.

2h 0m

Force Balance and Critical Depth

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Open channel force balance, demonstrated by hydraulic jump. Meanings of critical depth.

2h 0m

Uniform Flow

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Manning's Equation. Design based applications

2h 0m

Introduction to Water Surface Profiles

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Friction slope. Gradually varied profiles on mild slopes.

2h 0m

More Water Surface Profiles

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All profiles. Jump location

2h 0m

total duration: 10h 0m over 5 session(s)
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discussion forums: 1

languages: English
duration: 10h 0m over 5 session(s)
fee: 100US$  (1000lp)
payment: at booking
delivery method: self-paced

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United States

Richard Heggen

description of :
5 years international experience in Micronesia, Bolivia, Pakistan and China. Lectured in 20 countries. Reviewer for numerous engineering journals.
Teacher's qualifications:
26 years university instruction, 1/3 at the undergraduate level, 2/3 at the graduate lavel. Author of 100 articles. Technical editor for ASCE Hydrology Handbook.
's preferred teaching style:
Know the basics and what follows makes sense. Engineering education needs to relate to state-of-the-art practice. One learns by doing, not watching.

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