TVM5125 - Hydraulic Design


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home Examination
Grade: Letters
Term:  Autumn

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home Examination 100/100 1 hours

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letters
Term:  Spring

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course covers the basics in hydraulics of open channel flow, hydraulic design of energy dissipation structures, spillways and outlets, surge tanks, hydraulic steel works, valves, gates and pipe hydraulics.

Learning outcome

The course is offered in English to the students in the first year in the MSc programme Hydropower Development and fourth year of the studies in Civil and Environmental Engineering. The course provides basic knowledge of equations for calculations of water flow in rivers around hydraulic structures. The students shall be able to plan and design hydraulic structures and waterways of a hydropower plant based on the content of the course.



The students should have knowledge of:

- What distinguishes different types of flow

- How do the energy balance is associated with a hydraulic jump

- Energy balance. What does critical flow and the specific energy concept mean

- How the flow pattern change under different influences

- How is the flow downstream a spillway and through an opening

- How the river develops various water lines

- Which pipeline is best for the given hydraulic condition.



The student will be able to:

- Calculate the capacity of a river under normal and high water condition

- Calculate energy dissipation in a water jump.

- Calculate the capacity of an overflow or outflow.

- Calculate the water lines in different flow situations.

- Dimension pipelines


General knowledge

The student can:

- See the relationship between the derivation of basic equations and solution of practical flow problems around hydro power plants

- Know what issues can be solved with simplistic methods, and which require more expertise.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises are to a large extent integrated. All lectures and exercises are given in English. Exercises are supplemented with examples in the hydraulic laboratory. For the written exam the exercise will only be given in English. Students can answer the exercise in English or Norwegian.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

The examination form may be changed from written to oral in case of a re-sit examination.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Books from the series "Hydropower Development", "open channel hydraulics" by Hubert Chanson, "Open-channel Hydraulics", V.T. Chow, and supplementary lecture notes (English).

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Water Supply and Wastewater Systems
  • Hydraulics
  • Hydropower
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Examination arrangement: Home Examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home Examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates

Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2022-03-08 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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