Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
River Hydraulics/Water Supply and sewerage
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Civil Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Boano Fulvio ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ICAR/01 48 12 0 0 9
Camporeale Carlo Vincenzo ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 ICAR/01 40 20 0 0 6
SSD CFU Activities Area context
B - Caratterizzanti
C - Affini o integrative
Ingegneria civile
Subject fundamentals

The aim of the course is to provide the most important elements for the design and management of water supply systems and urban drainage networks. The course will focus on engineering concepts as well as on withdrawal, management, and use of water resources.

The course aims to introduce the student to the fluvial environment and its interactions with the hydrographic basin and the landscape with the aim to show the complexity of spatio-temporal evolution of river systems. In order to make decisional choices, environmentally compatible, the students will be provide a plethora of tools concerning river dynamics and interventions
Expected learning outcomes

Knowledge of main components and functioning of water supply and distribution systems.
Knowledge of urban drainage systems for wastewater and rainwater.
Ability to design pipes and other elements of distribution and drainage networks.

Knowledge of the the river system as a vector of water and solid matter, substances.
Knowledge of transport processes and their effects on the river systems in terms of temporal-spatial evolution of the fluvial environment. Knowledge of interaction dynamics between the river and the landscape. Knowledge of the problems related to the environmental protection and the use of water resources.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge

Basic knowledge of Hydraulics and Hydrology

Basic knowledge of Hydraulics, Hydrology and open channel flows

Introduction: components of water supply systems, water demands. Regulation issues, requirements for drinking water. (4h)
Water withdrawal: protection areas, sources of freshwater (springs, groundwater, rivers, lakes) and withdrawal techniques. (5h)
Aqueducts: elements of hydraulics of pressurized water flow, main features of water networks. Design of gravity networks. Reduction of water hammer pressure surges. (10h)
Pumps: main properties, pump performance curves, efficiency curves, NPSH curves. Design of pipes with pumping systems. (4h)
Tanks: types and elements. Design principles. (5h)
Water distribution networks: types, requirements. Design principles. Introduction to Epanet software. (10 h)
Water purification techniques (2h)
Design criteria for urban drainage systems. Regulation issues. (3h)
Design flow for dry weather conditions. Elements of surface flow hydraulics. (3h)
Design flow for rainfall events. General principles, routing methods. (6h)
Main elements of drainage networks. Design methods. Pipe materials. (4h)
Design principles of sewer outflows. First-flush tanks. (4h)

A) Part 1: Principles and formulations
1) Geomorphological and hydrological background of rivers (3h)
2) Hydrodynamic models of natural systems (3D model, the shallow water approximation, Saint-Venant equations). Hints to hyperbolic equations (3h)
3) Steady flows: resume on steady open channel flows, computation of the friction factor coefficient, computation of the resistance in natural channels. Outflow from a control section (3h)
4) Sediment mechanics and theresold conditions. The hydraulic geometry (6h)
5) Bedload and suspended sediment transport (6h)
6) Introduction to bedforms: prevision, modling and effects on the sediment transport (6h)
7) 1D-River morphodynamics. The Saint-Venant-Exner model. Morphodynamic effect of width variations. Effects of immerged piers. (6h)
8) Examples of typical processes and problems in 2D fluvial morphodynamics. Hints to meandering dynamics and computation of the generalized bend erosion.
9) Introduction to the softwares Hec-Ras and Basement

B) Part 2: River engineering
10) Legislation (1,5 h)
11) Local scour (3 h)
12) Bed regulation (3h)
13) River engineering in mountain streams (3h)
14) River engineering in piedmonts (3h)
15) River engineering in floodplains (4,5h)
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources

- Acquedotti. Da Deppo L., Datei C., Fiorotto V., Salandin P. 2a ed. 2003, Libreria internazionale Cortina, Padova. ISBN: 88-7784-230-X
- Acquedotti. Milano V. 1996, Hoepli. ISBN: 978-88-203-2292-2
- Fognature. Da Deppo L., Datei C. 3a ed. 2003 Libreria internazionale Cortina, Padova. ISBN: 88-7784-229-6

- Principi di idraulica fluviale / Aronne Armanini. - Castrolibero : Bios, c2005
- Fluvial hydraulics: flow and transport processes in channels of simple geometry / Walter H. Graf, M.S.
- Altinakar. - Chichester: Wiley, 1998 La sistemazione dei bacini idrografici / Vito Ferro – McGraw Hill, 2002
- Opere di sistemazione idraulico-forestale a basso impatto ambientale / Vito Ferro et al. - McGraw-Hill, 2004
- http://hydrolab.illinois.edu/people/parkerg/morphodynamics_e-book.htm
Assessment and grading criteria

The final grade is given by the average of the grades of the two parts:

The exam is based on an oral test to verify the understanding of the concepts presented during lectures. At the exam, the students must present reports on the exercises performed during the course, which will be discussed to verify the student’s ability to execute simple design calculations.

1) 20 % of the grade is based on the assessment of a report which will be prepared in groups. Each group will take a presentation of the work.
2) 40% comes from a written exam concerning the first part of the course (points 1-9)
3) 40% comes from a written exam concerning the second part of the course (points 10-15). During this part of the exam the student is allowed to consult textbooks or notes.

In addition, the student can also request a further oral exam.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18

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