Syllabus for CE 570 – Sedimentation Engineering (Fall 2011)


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Syllabus for
CE 570 – Sedimentation Engineering (Fall 2011)

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Meeting Days, Times, and Place: M&TR, 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.; Engr., D Wing 0023

Instructor: Dr. Gregory V. Wilkerson, Engr., D Wing 0013 2091, 766-2295,
Office Hours: TR 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., MWF 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., and by appointment.

Text: Sediment Transport: Theory and Practice, C. T. Yang, 1996, McGraw-Hill (or Krieger
reprint Ed. 2003)

Course Prerequisites: The prerequisite for this class is CE 474 (Hydraulic Engineering Design)
a course equivalent to CE 474, or consent of the instructor.

Tentative Grading Criteria: Final grades will be computed as follows:

Three one-hour exams

Homework: Homework assignments will be given to help you become
proficient at using the material presented in class and/or the textbook.

Projects: Several projects (i.e., long HW assignments) will be assigned over
the course of the semester.

Exams: Exams will be given so that you have an opportunity to demonstrate
your mastery of the material presented during class and/or in the course
notes. The quizzes may be open- or closed-book, and will generally require
50 min. to complete. For preparing to take Exams, I expect that you have
mastered all topics discussed in class and introduced through
assignments. For example, if we review techniques for solving a type of
problem then I expect you to know how to solve that type of problem. At
a minimum this will require you to read assigned materials, complete
assigned problems, and complete problems discussed in class. I expect
you to visit with me before an exam is given if any of the assignments or
discussed topics are not clear to you.

Term Paper/Presentation: A term paper and presentation is required if you
are taking this course for credit towards a graduate degree. You may select
any topic for the term paper so long as it involves soil erosion, sediment
transport, etc. Do some preliminary research before selecting a topic. Dates
for completing tasks associated with the term paper will be set over the
course of the semester.
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Course Outline and Objectives: This course covers basic laws governing sediment-particle fall
velocity, particle-size analysis, incipient motion, bed forms, bed load, suspended load,
and natural river processes. Classic and modern sediment-transport theories, sediment-
transport predictors, sediment yield, and reservoir sedimentation will also be discussed.

After taking this course you will be familiar with the peculiar characteristics of flow in
alluvial streams, and you will be able to use tools for predicting (1) bed-form regimes in
alluvial streams, (2) depth-discharge relations for rivers, (3) sediment transport rates in
rivers, and (4) channel stability.

Subject Title/Description and Expected Outcomes Chapt./Sect.
Overview of Sedimentation Engineering
see MacArthur et al. (2007)
Hydraulics of Open Channels: A Review
 Ability to analyze uniform flow problems
 Ability to analyze basic gradually varied flow

Properties of Water and Sediment
 Ability to describe properties of sediment particles
 Ability to describe bulk properties of sediment

Chapt. 1
 Develop familiarity with bedform types and
 Ability to use Einstein’s, and Englund and Hansen
approach for estimating flow resistance in channels
with moveable boundaries.

Chapt. 3
Incipient Motion and Stable Channel Design
 Ability to recognize factors that increase the risk of
 Ability to analyze problems involving floodplain

Chapt. 2
Design of Spillways and Energy Dissipation for
Flood Control Storage and Conveyance Systems
 Ability to identify major features of dams (e.g., type,
design basis, spillway type)
 Ability to analyze spillway flow
 Ability to design stilling basins
 Ability to evaluate stilling basin performance

Sect. 17.1-17.6
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Subject Title/Description and Expected Outcomes Chapt./Sect.
Hydraulic Processes: Pressurized Pipe Flow
 Ability to apply continuity and energy equations to
pipe network problems
 Ability to calculate friction loses uses either Moody’s
diagram or any of the following equations: Darcy-
Weisbach, Colebrook-White, Jain, Hazen-Williams,
 Ability to use loss coefficient tables to estimate local
energy losses
 Ability to analyze pipe networks by interpreting
energy and hydraulic grade lines

Sect. 4.2-4.3, 12.1-12.2, 4.5,
12.4, and 12.6
Water Distribution
 Ability to analyze pump performance with regards to
pump location
 Ability to select the “best” pump among alternatives
 Ability to assess multi-pump system performance in a
specified hydraulic system

Sect. 12.1, 12.5, 12.2
Sediment Transport
 Ability to recognize important variables for
evaluating sediment transport
 Ability to quantify variables that affect sediment
 Ability to qualitatively describe bed forms and
sediment transport modes
 Ability to assess conditions necessary for incipient
sediment motion

Sect. 18.1-18.3

Homework: Homework problems and design projects will be assigned weekly. Solutions will be
provided for all assignments. You work should be neat and orderly to facilitate reviewing
it and I strongly encourage you to use paper from an engineering computation pad.

Notes About Completing Assignments: Following is commentary about my expectations with
regards to work submitted for credit in this course. To begin, I expect all work that you
submit to be your own even though you are free to discuss your work with others. I will
consider it cheating if you submit a modified version of another person’s work. Note that
putting your name on another person’s work without giving them credit also constitutes

It is my philosophy that students entering the professional world should be able to
document their work in a manner that is consistent with the conventions of professional
practice. As such, in this course I expect all work that you submit to reflect a certain level
of professionalism. By this statement I expect you to:

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(1) Provide a summary of the problem(s) being solved. Sometimes this can be as
simple as attaching the original assignment to the front of your solution. In some
cases you may need to write or type a summary of the problem you have solved.

(2) Provide a description of the equation(s) and/or method(s) used to solve the
problem. The best way to this depends on the type of problem. While I do not
have a specific recommendation for how you should describe the equation and/or
method used, consider that if I find an error in your work and I cannot determine
what the error is from your description of the equations and/or method(s) then I
will deduct points for the error and the description.

(3) Format your work to the extent that you could submit it in a professional office.
That is, you should show measurement units, format numbers shown in
spreadsheets, use appropriate font sizes (≥ 10 pts), define variables used (unless
there is a widely accepted symbol for the variable, e.g., g), provide headings for
all tables, and labels and units of measure for all axes and lines in plotted figures.

If you are unclear about how meet the expectations outlined above (i.e., how to label
rows and columns that span several sheets of paper) then I encourage you ask for

Miscellaneous: You are encouraged to ask questions about the course material either during
class or during my office hours. Also, if you have concerns about any aspect of this
course, I encourage you to share your concerns with me either face-to-face or
Emergency Procedures: See attached memorandum.
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