BEng Civil Engineering
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Water Engineering 1
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Civil Engineering Division L5|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Water engineering improves and saves lives world-wide and is a reliable source of employment for engineers from a variety of disciplines. A basic familiarity with the area is an important part of a civil engineer’s course of study. The unit will be split into 3 parts: hydrological science, water resources engineering, and water quality and introduction to water treatment engineering. Students will understand concepts and be able to make basic design and analysis calculations in each of these topics areas.
This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact. Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates
Water Engineering I aims to introduce students to the natural hydrological cycle, hydrological engineering, water resources engineering, water quality and to foundations of water and waste-water treatment.
Part I: introduction to Hydrology
Part 1a: Introduction to unit and to Hydrological Science
The module starts with an survey of the unit and its learning outcomes. We introduce students to the hydrological cycle providing an overview the distribution of water resources on the globe and the different elements of the hydrological cycle. This gives the scientific basis for water resources engineering.
Part 1b: Quantifying key elements of the hydrological cycle
We select certain key hydrological cycle elements and describe their importance to water engineering and the methods used to quantify them in water resource analyses. Focus on precipitation and runoff.
Part 1c: Introduction to Groundwater
We describe the manifestation of groundwater, the characteristics of earth materials that condition its flow, types of aquifers, groundwater physics, groundwater flow equations, and introduce equations and methods of groundwater flow modelling.
Part 1d: Hydrological routing
To track water flows in river and reservoirs hydrological engineers use flow routing techniques. We learn the storage routing technique and apply it to an example reservoir.
Part 2: Water resources engineering
Part 2a: Hydrological Statistics
Students are introduced to how probability concepts can be applied and used to understand and characterise the frequency of hydrological events. We explain how this enables to estimate return periods and other metrics which are used to quantify performance of engineered water systems.
Part 2b: Water supply engineering
Supply and demand concepts are explained and discussed. Methods to quantify these are explained, with examples. The regulation and management of water supply systems in the UK and abroad are discussed.
Part 2c: Methods for water supply planning
Introduction to the analysis, methods and tools of water resources planning . Using the UK system as an example, we review the foundations of water supply engineering suing a single reservoir as an example. We then review how that approach can be generalised for real-world systems.
Part 2c: Water, energy and power
Links between water and power systems are described. Hydropower is provided as an example. Students are taught to perform basic hydropower system design problems.
Part 3: Water Treatment Plant Design Methodology
Part 3a: Water quality and process engineering
Water quality concepts are introduced and their role in water supply engineering are described. The foundations of process engineering are explained, and building block concepts are presented so they can be applied in the next section.
Part 3b: Water and waste water treatment engineering
Concepts of the previous section are applied ot the topic of water and waste water treatment engineering. The use of small design problem calculations are used to demonstrate concepts.
|Practical skills assessment||20%|
Exam - via script viewing
Practical demonstration by Blackboard
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|Independent study hours|
|Julien Harou||Unit coordinator|