The Hydraulics of Open Channel Flow

The Hydraulics of Open Channel Flow : An Introduction

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This textbook introduces the basic principles of open channel flow and then develops the key topics of sediment transport, hydraulic modelling and the design of hydraulic structures. It contains numerous examples including practical applications and is fully illustrated with line drawings and photographs. Exercises are spread throughout, concluding with major assignments which combine the knowledge gained from the book. A supporting website hosts further exercises together with the shareware software "Hydroculv".
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  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 172 x 244mm | 955g
  • Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 205 b&w and 18 colour illustrations
  • 0340740671
  • 9780340740675

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'The author has made a great effort to help the reader to understand both the theory and its applications. The reviewer congratulates him for his original approach, which makes this book equally valuable both for students, researchers, and also practioners in hydraulics engineering'Journal of Hydrualic Research, Vol. 39, 2001. 'Without doubt, this is the best introduction to the hydraulics of open channel flow that I have yet to read. ... The book's revision exercises have solutions provided for them, care of the publisher's website, and this provides a clear incentive for the student to solve, before they revert to find out how they should have solved, each exercise. ... My overwhelming conclusion is that as an introduction to the hydraulics of open channel flow, it would be impossible to produce a better result. This will appear on both my undergraduate and postgraduate reading lists as the core text. It is rare for me to be so readily persuaded, and Dr Chanson deserves full credit for an outstanding teaching resource' Stuart N Lane, University of Leeds in Environmental Conservation, 2000. 'This book stands apart from similar previously published textbooks in two ways. Firstly, by concentrating on topics such as sediment transport phenomena, and design of hydraulic structures, its scope has significantly been extended toward applications. Secondly, by [...] including many exercises, notes, discussions, relevant photographs, and appendices with additional information, it has an original, handbook-like presentation, very convenient for quick referencing, and use in engineering practice. Being more than a simple introductory textbook in open channel hydraulics, this book canbe strongly recommended to students and engineers.'M. Jovanovic in Urban Water, Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 270. (1999) 'The book is aimed at undergraduates in their final year of study with some overlap into the MSc market in the field of hydraulics. It is well written with numerous worked examples, photographs, clear diagrams and references. ... Throughout Chanson keeps the reader's eye fixed on practical applications of the theory. ... All in all, a well constructed book with many helpful examples and explanations for the student'Alan Ervine in Trans IChem E, Vol 78, Part A, October 2000 'The strength of the book is its breadth of coverage. Containing a wealth of information, as well as being appropriate for an advanced undergraduate course on open-channel hydraulics, the book delivers a very good cross section of topics. Also, the number of exercises is very impressive and worth the book's cost.' Larry J Weber, Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research, in Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, March 2001. 'The ultimate text of such a textbook is whether it can be useful for a range of problems and be accessible to a wide readership. To do this the hydraulics group at Bristol have been 'road testing' this volume for the past three months. ... In that time, a diverse range of queries has been initially researched in Hubert Chanson's volume and it has passed each text with flying colours. All graduate and postdoctoral researchers who have used the volume have commented on its clarity and completeness and I can think of no better recommendation than this. This is an excellent book for undergraduate and graduate students in civil engineering and a very useful resource text for thoseinterested in hydraulics outside the engineering field.'Paul Bates, University of Bristol, UK, in Hydrological Processes 2001.
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