Course detail

Open Channel Hydraulics

FAST-5R4Acad. year: 2020/2021

solution of the open channel hydraulics problems (uniform and nonuniform steady flow, unsteady flow, stability of the bottom and banks of the channel, pollution propagation), solution using nowadays software - HEC-RAS, MIKE11, ZNEC.
software application, demonstration of case studies
hydraulic solution to the structures appearing on channels (bed drops, weirs, bridges, culverts
Prerequisites: Hydraulics I. and II., Hydrology, River training and weirs, Basin protection and drainage systems, Economy of water management, Soil Mechanics, Hydropedology and irrigation systems


Institute of Water Structures (VST-VST)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Not applicable.


Hydraulics I. and II., Hydrology, River Training and Weirs, Soil Mechanics, Watershed protection and Drainage, Hydropedology and irrigation


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Gabriel, P., Kratochvíl, J., Šerek, M.: Výpočetní technika pro obor vodní hospodářství a vodní stavby. Praha:SNTL/ALFA. 502 stran. 1982
Havlík, Ingeduld, Vaněček, Zeman: Matematické modelování neustáleného proudění. ČVUT Praha 1992
Chow, Ven Te: Open-channel hydraulics. McGraw-Hill Kogakusha. Tokyo. 680 stran. International student edition 1959
Říha, J. a kol.: Matematické modelování hydrodynamických a disperzních jevů. PCDIR Brno 1997
Abbot, M. B.: Computational hydraulics. Elements of the theory of free surface flows.. Pitman Publishing Limited. London. 326 stran. ISBN 0-273-01140-5. 1979

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

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Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction to Open Channel Hydraulics.
2. Continuity equation.
3-4. Momentum equations.
5-6. Transport and dispersion of component in rivers.
7-8. Numerical solutions.
8-10. Example - Nonuniform flow.
11-12. Example - Unsteady flow.
13. Example - Transport and dispersion of component in rivers.


The aim of the course is to acquaint students with principles of hydraulics of open channels. The students will obtain knowledge about nonuniform steady flow and unsteady flow, about transport and dispersion of conservative component in rivers and about transport of sediment.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer