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Hydraulic Engineering

Mohamed Elsanabary; Ph.D., PE

Course Outline

This course includes following three sessions:

Session 1:  Dimensional analysis and hydraulic models
Session 2:  hydraulic structures
Session 3:  Hydraulic jumps

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

By the end of the course attendees should grasp a hand on dimensional analysis and hydraulic models, demonstrate a proficiency in:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for architects, engineers and contractors.

Benefit to Attendees

Attendee of this course will be able to deal with the hydraulic engineering problems from pipe network design to machinery design.

Course Introduction

A potential difference usually exists between two dissimilar metals when they are immersed in a corrosive or conductive solution. If these two metals are placed in contact (or otherwise electrically connected) this potential difference produces electron flow between them. Corrosion of the less corrosion-resistant metal in this type of condition is usually increased and attack of the more resistant metal is decreased as compared with the behavior of the two metals when they are not in contact. Because of the electrical currents and dissimilar metals involved, this form of corrosion is called galvanic or two metal corrosion and is a form of electrochemical corrosion.

Course Content

In this lesson, you are required to download and study the following documents:

Hydraulic Engineering - Session 1 (PDF)
Hydraulic Engineering - Session 2 (PDF)
Hydraulic Engineering - Session 3 (PDF)

Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document for your study. Because of the large file size, we recommend that you first save the file to your computer by right-clicking the mouse and choosing "Save Target As ...", and then open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader from your computer.

Course Summary

Hydraulic engineering is the application of fluid mechanics fundamentals to problems dealing with the collection, storage, control, transport, regulation, measurement, and use of water. For project hydraulic engineering, we must figure out the amount of water expected. Engineers should be aware of the potential of the hydraulic engineering concepts so that proper investigations can be taken during the design and detailing of a project.


For additional technical information related to this subject, please see following books:

Delleur, J. W. (2003). "Hydraulic Structures."
Finnemore, E. J., & Franzini, J. B. (2009). Fluid mechanics with engineering applications. Boston: McGraw-Hill.

Pramod R. Bhave, Rajesh Gupta (2006). Analysis of water distribution networks

Subramanya k, 2005, 1000 solved problems in fluid mechanics (includes hydraulic machines)
Sigma series, Tata McGraw-Hill.

Tullis, J.P. 1989. Hydraulics of Pipelines — Pumps, Valves, Cavitation, Transients. Wiley
Interscience, New York.

Zipparro, V.J. and Hasen, H., (1993). Davis’ Handbook of Applied Hydraulics, 4th ed., McGraw-Hill, New York.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.