Course Title: 
Hydraulic Engineering
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Year Taught: 
Undergraduate (UG)
School of Engineering

'Hydraulic Engineering' is a course offered in the fourth semester of B. Tech. in Civil Engineering program at School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Unit 1

Impulse momentum principle – application – impact of jet-force exerted by a jet on normal, inclined and curved surfaces for stationary and moving cases – torque in rotating machines – jet propulsion.

Hydroelectric power: low, medium and high head plants - Power house components – Micro-hydel schemes. Turbines - classifications – construction and working of Pelton Wheel, Francis and axial flow reaction turbines - selection of turbines – draft tube. Classification of pumps – Centrifugal pumps – types and working – characteristics. Reciprocating pumps - types and working – selection of pumps.

Unit 2

Open channel flow - Comparison with pipe flow, Types of channels - Classification of flow, uniform flow – Uniform flow using chezy’s and Manning’s formulae - Most efficient channel section – Circular, Rectangular and Trapezoidal channel sections, open channel section for constant velocity at all depths of flow. Specific energy and critical depth, Specific force curve, critical flow computation.

Non-uniform flow, Gradually Varied Flow, Dynamic equation for gradually varied flow, Different forms of the dynamic equation, Flow profiles in prismatic channels, integration of the varied flow equation - Computation of the length of the backwater curve and afflux. Rapidly Varied Flow - Hydraulic Jump, Hydraulic jump equations for a rectangular channel, Practical applications.

Unit 3

Rivers - their behaviour - Control and training. Design of stable channels in India - problem in India - Classification of irrigation canals, Canal alignment, Design procedure for an irrigation channel - Considerations for fixing longitudinal section of a channel - Cross sections of an irrigation channel, Maintenance of canals, Canals in alluvial soils – Regime Theory - Kennedy’s and Lacey’s Theories, Silting in canals, Scour and protection against scour. Canal lining - losses in irrigation canals, Advantages and disadvantages of lining, Types of lining. Water logging - Causes and preventive measures. Design of lined canals - irrigation canals - Kennedy’s Theory - Lacey’s Theory.


  • Modi P. N. and Seth S. M., “Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics including Fluid Machines”, Standard Book House, 2002.
  • Garg, S. K., “Irrigation Engineering and Hydraulic Structures”, Khanna Publishers, 2006.


  • Chow V. T., “Open Channel Hydraulics”, McGraw Hill, Inc. 1959.
  • Rajput R K, ”Fluid mechanics and Hydraulic Machines”, S Chand Publishers, 2008.
  • N. N. Pillai, “Fluid Mechanics & Fluid Machines”, Universities Press, Third Edition, 2009.
  • K. Subramanya, “Flow in Open Channels”, Tata McGraw Hill, 1997.
  • M. Hanif Chaudhry, “Open Channel Flow”, Prentice Hall of India, 1994.
  • K. G. Rangaraju, “Flow Through Open Channels”, Tata McGraw Hill, 1984.
  • Jagdish Lal, “Hydraulic Machines including Fluidics”, Metropolitan Book Co, 2003.
  • P. N. Modi, “Irrigation, Water Resources, and Water Power Engineering”, Standard Publishers Distributors, 2008.