816000 Introduction in water management, hydraulics and soil science

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Institute of Water Management, Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering (IWHW)
Offered in
Wintersemester 2016/17
Languages of instruction


Combined lecture and exercises with the aim to provide basic knowledge in the fields of hydraulics, soil science, sanitary engineering and water management. The following topics will be addressed:

Hydraulics: Hydrostatics, Hydrodynamics (basic equations, conservation laws), pipe flow (laminar and turbulent flow, Darcy-Weisbach equation, friction factor, Moody-diagram) open-channel flow (Manning-Strickler formula), gradually and rapidly varied flow (hydraulic jump), , groundwater flow (Darcy’s Law, Laplace equation, hydraulic conductivity).

Soil Science: Formation and composition of soils; soil as a porous medium at the land – atmosphere - water interface; important soil processes and soil functions (productivity, ecosystem services); principles of soil classification; plant-soil-microbial interactions; soil degradation and protection.

Water Management / Hydrology: Principles of drinking water supply and sanitary engineering. Pipe and sewer systems. Examples for hydraulic calculations (pressure system in drinking water pipes, capacity of sewer systems). Water balance and water cycle, surface and subsurface flow processes, examples for hydraulic calculations (discharge, flood routing, flood protection measures, detention basin).

Previous knowledge expected


Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Students will gain competence in solving applied hydraulic problems to support the design of e.g. sewer systems, water courses or flood protection measures. They will be capable to identify soil types and their specific functions.

Students will know about some important soil properties and soil functions and their determining factors and processes; they will have some appreciation of soil degradation problems and related protection measures; and, while - due to the limited time - remaining exemplary, this will enable students to follow soil-related courses at master level, and – where necessary – to fill knowledge gaps through self-study.
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