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ENV5104 Advanced Hydraulic Systems

Semester 1, 2023 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 1
School or Department : School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 24 September 2023


Course Coordinator: Malcolm Gillies


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCNS or GDNS or MENS or MEPR


Understanding and implementing hydraulic concepts is a fundamental skill of the professional engineer. Water is both an important natural resource and a mechanism for potential damage and failure of engineering assets. This course aims to provide the theoretical background and design skills to enable students to solve practical problems relating to water flow.

This course builds on prior knowledge of fluid mechanics, applying hydraulic engineering principles to pipeline and open channel flow systems. Students are exposed to coastal hydraulics, the characteristics of waves and behaviour of natural streams and rivers. The course will focus on the design of hydraulic structures including both static and momentum forces. Concepts of fluid dynamics are applied to closed conduits including the impacts of pressure transients and pipeline surge. Students will utilise numerical packages to model complex hydraulic systems.

Course learning outcomes

  1. Design a range of hydraulic structures including open channels, weirs, flumes, control gates and energy dissipaters;
  2. Analyse the behaviour of coastal waves and currents and interactions with hydraulic structures;
  3. Apply hydraulic principles to evaluate the process of sediment erosion, transport, deposition and river morphology;
  4. Apply hydraulic theory to evaluate pipeline flow and design pumped pipeline systems;
  5. Evaluate and mitigate the impacts of pressure transients in pipeline systems;
  6. Undertake hydraulic analysis and employ hydraulic modelling principles to water flow and distribution systems.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Principles of Open Channel Hydraulics 10.00
2. Design of Open Channels 10.00
3. Hydraulic Structures 20.00
4. Waves and Coastal Currents 15.00
5. Loose Boundary channel hydraulics and sediment transport 10.00
6. Fundamentals of pressurised pipeline flow 5.00
7. Unsteady Pipeline flow, Water hammer and Surge 15.00
8. Numerical Methods and Hydraulic Modelling 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There is no required textbook or materials for this course..

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 10 1
Assignments Written Report 1 No 30 1,2,3
Assignments Written Report 2 No 20 4,5
Assignments Written Report 3 No 40 1,2,3,6
Date printed 24 September 2023