CEE 5304: Environmental Fluid Mechanics


This course focuses on the transport of mass and momentum in natural fluid systems, and is designed as an entry-level graduate course in fluid mechanics for students studying in civil, environmental, and geoscience disciplines. The first two thirds of the course are devoted to developing a foundation in basic incompressible fluid mechanics with an emphasis on turbulent channel flow. The last third of the course deals with transport of scalar quantities in rivers and domains of constant velocity. The course briefly touches on experimental methods and flows driven by density differences. Image: LIF Visualization Of A Turbulent Jet by C. Fukushima and J. Westerweel Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands; image taken from the eFluids Gallery of Images. Syllabus: CEE5304Next Offering: Spring 2018

CEE 5314: River Mechanics & Sediment Transport

This course focuses on physical processes related to the dynamic feedback between flowing water and movable sediment in rivers and estuaries.  The course first looks at the watershed system as a whole and then narrows down to focus on the coupling of the within channel water and sediment system. Both theory and engineering calculations will be covered. Image: Sand wave moving through a gravel bed river in the mountains of Malaysia. Syllabus: CEE5314Next Offering: Fall 2018.

CEE 4324/5384: Open Channel Flow & Advanced Open Channel Flow

This course covers the basic mechanics of open channel flow. Topics covered include: energy and momentum principles, uniform flow, gradually varied flow, channel transitions, and unsteady flow. In all cases, we will first examine the physics and resulting governing equations of the application of interest, and then look at solution methods and practical calculations. Those taking the graduate listing of the course will have an additional independent project they must complete. Image: Google Earth image of the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers at the Old River Control structures; flow is from top to bottom (more information on this section of the river). Syllabus: CEE4324/5384Next Offering: Spring 2018

CEE 3304: Fluid Mechanics for CEE

1696508An introductory course in fluid mechanics. This is a core undergraduate course. Topics covered in the course includes: hydrostatics, fluid kinematics; continuity, momentum, and energy equations; viscous effects; application to pipe networks and hydraulic systems, including open channels. Laboratory experiments and demonstrations. Image: image from the cover of Munson et al. (2013), Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics. Syllabus: CEE3304Next Offering: this class if offered every semester in the department. I will be teaching it in Spring 2019.