Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2011/12
River Hydraulics
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Civil Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Revelli Roberto ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 ICAR/01 40 20 0 0 12
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ICAR/01 6 B - Caratterizzanti Ingegneria civile
Subject fundamentals
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 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, Hydrology and open channel flows
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

- 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

1) 20 % of the final 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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