Advanced Civil Hydraulics

Subject CVEN90054 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours ( Workshops: 3 hours per week) per semester
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


The following subject is required

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Melbourne School of Engineering
Ground Floor, Old Engineering (Building 173)

Current students:
Phone: 13MELB (13 6352)
+61 3 9035 5511

Subject Overview:

Classes will run as a chapter of the International Association of Hydraulic Research, IAHR. The subject content will vary from year to year depending on the interest of students but will cover topics such as:

  1. Turbulent Flows and Suspensions covering the nature of chaotic systems, the energy cascade in two and three dimensional turbulence, length scales of relevance, and the modelling of turbulent flows
  2. Reservoir and Hydroelectric Engineering covering topics relating to the dynamics of a large water mass including the effects of stratification, selective withdrawal, spillway design; detailed consideration of mass surge and water-hammer, turbine design, and a basic understanding of associated electrical generator design
  3. Coastal and Ocean Engineering covering the movement of sediment by currents and waves, resonance in harbours and bays, surface waves including edge waves and their effects including wave forces, wave forecasting, and basic geophysical fluid dynamics

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • descriptively and quantitatively analyse civil hydraulic problems
  • suggest research topics of relevance to civil hydraulics
  • interact with an international community of scholars and explore cutting edge problems
  • Three x 50 minute class tests, in weeks 4, 8 and 12 (60%)
  • One electronic journal entry (200 words per week) with one 10 minute individual presentation of an issue and associated participation with issues raised by other presenters (over the semester) (40%)
Prescribed Texts:

Reference material will be suggested in lectures

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification formulation and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design for operational performance

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