Inland Waterways and Weir Structures

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142IWWS Z,ZK 6 3P+2C English
Garant předmětu:
Miroslav Brouček
Miroslav Brouček
Miroslav Brouček
Department of Hydraulic Structures

By undertaking this course, students will be able to comprehend the governing ideas of project design of river navigation and regulating weirs and hydropower weir structures as well as navigation locks and canals. The course graduates should be able to implement project study to select optimal type and location for weir and appurtenant structures, specify dimensions and materials of the crucial parts of the structures, analyse seepage through foundations and perform hydraulic design of weir and energy dissipation structures. With regard to the navigation, student will comprehend the issues of modern inland waterway transport and should be able to design basic dimensions of the locks and canals.


previous study - basic hydraulics, hydrology, engineering geology or geotechnics and structural mechanics

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Weirs - basic terminology; purpose; classification; conceptual approaches.

2. Data requirements (hydrology, geology, topography); project planning; hydraulic design of weirs.

3. Foundations for weirs; channel reinforcement; energy dissipation structures.

4. Seepage and uplift pressures (design solutions and assessment).

5. Principles of structural design of weir structures (loading and stability).

6. Fixed weirs (layout, hydraulic aspects).

7. Gated weirs (flap gates, vertical lift gates, radial gates).

8. Gated weirs cont. (roller gates, sector and drum gates; inflatable weirs).

9. Operation of gated weirs; automatic regulation.

10. Navigation and inland waterways - history and present; different approaches to canalization of rivers.

11. Boats and floating devices; classification of inland waterways.

12. Structures on waterways (locks; gates; lifts and canals).

13. Physical modelling of hydraulic structures on waterways

Syllabus of tutorials:

The tutorials develop the lectures in the form of practical computational and design tasks.

Study Objective:

To guide students through the basic process of designing weirs and inland navigation structures from preliminary design through the preparation of basic calculations to the preparation of basic drawings.

Study materials:

Novak, P., Moffat, A.I.B., Nalluri, C. and Narayanan, R. 2007: Hydraulic Structures 4th ed.; Taylor & Francis; ISBN: 978-0-415-38626-5

Erbisti, P.C.F. 2014: Design of Hydraulic Gates, 2nd Ed.; CRC Press; ISBN: 978-0-415-65939-0

McCartney, B.L., George, J., Lee, B.K., Lindgren, M., Neilson, F.: Inland Navigation: Locks, Dams, and Channels. ASCE Manuals and Reports on Engineering Practice No. 94. ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers, 1998. ISBN 0-7844-0320-1

ASCE 2012: Water Control Gates Guidelines for Inspection and Evaluation; American Society of Civil Engineers; ISBN: 978-0-7844-1220-6

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