HYD-145: Water Science & Design
The purpose of this course is to teach basic hydrologic design and analysis as practiced for water control and nonpoint source pollution prevention. Scientific and basic engineering principles and methods will be introduced and practiced in real-life problems during lab/seminar sessions and off-campus field trips.
Most of the course will be dedicated to practicing applied design. There are two aspects receiving focused attention: 1) applying scientific and engineering principles and methods to create designs and 2) presenting work in concise organized reports. Most assignments will be representative of real-life engineering problems and will involve as much hands-on experience as possible.
Lab/seminar afternoon sessions will be used for problem-solving, data gathering, or field trips. Although the labs/seminars are scheduled for a 3-hr period often only the first 1 to 1.5 hours or so will be used, except for the off-campus field trips which will generally require the whole period.
- Risk and frequency analyses
- Calculating storm runoff
- Open channel calculations
- Pipe and culvert design
- Chute- and weir-like spillways
- Dissipating energy with impact basins
- Level pool flood routing
- Stormflow detention basins
- Potential ET
- Water budget calculations
Prof. Helen Dahlke, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
- Water Resources Engineering (3rd edition), David A. Chin, Prentice Hall (2012)
- Soil and Water conservation Engineering 4th ed. Schwab, Fangmeier, Elliot and Frevert, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (1993) (Phy Sci Engr Library TC409 .H3 1994 Regular Loan)
For those interested, the following is recommended additional literature for this course:
- Design of small dams, US Dept. of Interior, Bureau of Land Reclamation (1987)
- Open Channel hydraulics, Ven Te Chow, McGraw-Hill (1988)
Natural Resources Engineering, Earnest W. Tollner, Iowa State Press (2002)
- Hydrology and Sedimentology for Small Catchments, Haan, Barfield, and Hayes,
Academic Press (1994)
The course reader for each topic will be available on the smartsite.ucdavis.edu course webpage.