Environmental Hydraulics for Open Channel Flows


  • Hubert Chanson, The University of Queensland, Australia

Environmental Hydraulics is a new text for students and professionals studying advanced topics in river and estuarine systems. The book contains the full range of subjects on open channel flows, including mixing and dispersion, Saint-Venant equations method of characteristics and interactions between flowing water and its surrondings (air entrainment, sediment transport).Following the approach of Hubert Chanson's highly successful undergraduate textbook Hydraulics of Open Channel Flow, the reader is guided step-by-step from the basic principles to more advanced practical applications. Each section of the book contains many revision exercises, problems and assignments to help the reader test their learning in practical situations.
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Students (senior undergraduate, but mainly graduate and research) of civil engineering, environmental engineering, especially hydraulics and fluid mechanics.


Book information

  • Published: February 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-6165-2


“…This book could provide a skeleton for a course in environmental hydraulics or transport processes… [it]…contains some useful material for different courses and may provide an elementary reference for certain topics . . .” – Environmental Fluid Mechanics “ Overall, a well written, clear and concise book which will serve the intended audience satisfactorily.” –Intl. Journal River Basin Management "Over recent decades many civil engineering departments and organizations have added environmental to their title, so it is not surprising to find this change emulated in a book...Throughout the book the author's enthusiasm for his subjects shows. The preface stresses the value of field work and points the reader to the author's substantial web sites, among others." - Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 557-2006

Table of Contents

PART 1 Introduction to Open Channel Floes; Introduction; Fundamentals of open channel flows.; PART 2 Turbulent Mixing and Dispersion in Rivers and Estuaries: An Introduction; Introduction to mixing and dispersion in natural waterways; Turbulent shear flows; Diffusion: basic theory; Advective diffusion; Turbulent dispersion and mixing: 1 Vertical and transverse mixing; Turbulent dispersion and mixing: 2. Longitudinal dispersion; Turbulent dispersion in natural systems; Mixing in estuaries: Part 2 Revision exercises; PART 3 Introduction to Unsteady Open Channel Flows; Unsteady open channel flows: 1. Basic equations; Unsteady open channel flows: 2. Applications; Unsteady open channel flows: 3. Application to dam break wave; Numerical modelling of unsteady open channel flows; Revision exercises. PART 4 Interactions between Flowing Water and its Surroundings: Introduction; Interaction between flowing water and solid boundaries: sediment processes; Interaction between flowing water and free surfaces: self –aeration and air entrainment