Faculty of Engineering

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering


Dr Edoardo Daly



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)


Fundamental physical properties of water are introduced together with water flow in pipes as part of a water supply system. The basic equations of continuity, momentum and energy conservation are introduced and friction and minor losses are considered in simple pipe systems. Operation and selection of pumps and hydrostatics and pressure transients are covered. Flow in open channels is introduced with application to waterways, aqueducts and pipes flowing partly full. Applications include design of spillways and culverts.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • understand the principles involved in analysing water flow in closed and open conduits
  • understand the principles involved in designing a water supply system
  • apply fundamental principles of continuity, momentum and energy conservation in open and closed conduits
  • determine the size of pipe, or open channel, required for a given flow and head loss
  • determine flow profiles in open channels
  • determine a suitable pump for a flow and pumping head
  • work in a group to undertake the assignments
  • write an engineering report on their project work.


One assignment (including a test): 20%
Three laboratory reports (including a test): 30%
Examination (3 hours): 50%.
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 2 hours practice classes and 7 hours of private study per week

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