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, gwilkers@siu.edu

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:

Homewor

k

1

and

Projects

2

60%

Three one-hour exams

3

30%

TermPaper

/

Presentatio

n

4

10%

1

Homework: Homework assignments will be given to help you become

proficient at using the material presented in class and/or the textbook.

2

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

the course of the semester.

3

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.

4

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)

handout

Hydraulics of Open Channels: A Review

Ability to analyze uniform flow problems

Ability to analyze basic gradually varied flow

problems

Properties of Water and Sediment

Ability to describe properties of sediment particles

Ability to describe bulk properties of sediment

Chapt. 1

Bedforms

Develop familiarity with bedform types and

characteristics

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

flooding.

Ability to analyze problems involving floodplain

encroachment

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,

Manning’s.

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

transport

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

plagiarism.

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

assistance.

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

anonymously.

Emergency Procedures: See attached memorandum.

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