TVM5160 - Headworks and Sedimentation Engineering


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination and work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 50/100 D
Work 20/100 A
Work 30/100 A

Course content

Sediment transport theory, the theory of physical hydraulic modelling and the use of water resources in sediment loaded rivers. Extended discussion on reservoir sedimentation, planning and design of headworks for run-of-river hydropower plants, sediment handling techniques, sediment sampling and analysis of sediment data.

Learning outcome


The student will have knowledge of:

- Basic sediment transport theory

- Basics of physical hydraulic modeling, model laws, scale effects and laboratory requirements

- The framework for use of water resources in sediment loaded rivers

- Sediment sampling and laboratory analysis

- Real-time sediment monitoring

- Sediment data analysis for planning and design of hydropower projects

- Planning and design of headwork for Run-of-River hydropower projects

- Performance of drop, side and frontal intakes, based on physical model tests in laboratory

- Planning and design of settling basins

- Computation of trapping efficiency of settling basin

- Methods for removal of sediment from settling basins

- Reservoir sedimentation processes and estimation of reservoir service life

- Bathymetric survey of reservoirs

- Sediment management methods in reservoirs, their application and limitations



Students will be able to:

- Calculate some basic features of the sediment transport in a river

- Plan and implement a sediment sampling program

- Organize and carry out analysis of sediment concentration in a water sample in laboratory

- Analyse and use sediment data for planning, design and operation of hydropower projects

- Plan and design sediment handling facilities in RoR projects

- Estimate sediment yield and service life of water storage projects

- Plan reservoir operational strategies and sedimentation mangaement program

- Plan and conduct a physical hydraulic model study in the laboratory


General competence:

The student shall:

- Know the basics of sediment transport and physical hydraulic modeling theory.

- Know the requirements for sediment related studies at various stages of a hydropower project from reconnaissance through pre-feasibility, feasibility, detailed design, construction and operation levels.

- Be familiar with the preformance standards for headworks in sediment loaded rivers and be able to carry out conceptual hydraulic design of the main components of the headworks structures.

Learning methods and activities

The course uses elements from team-based learning, where conventional activities like lectures, exercises and lab work are combined. Throughout the semester, students receive feedback on their learning process by readiness assurance tests (RATs), which also contribute to the final grade. To learn working on larger projects and in a realistic setting, a semester project is part of the course. In this project, students tackle a real life problem and plan, refine and develop a solution. That solution will be presented in class at the end of the semester. In addition, the student will also work in the laboratory to get some practical impression of hydraulic and sedimentation engineering. The course will be taught in English.

Further on evaluation

The assessment is based on graded assignments including the RATs (20%), the semester project (30%) and an oral exam (50%). All assignments and tests are given in English only. The semester project will be a group assessment, the oral exam will be an individual assessment. In case of a failed course or voluntary retake of the course all parts of the assessment must be retaken.

Required previous knowledge

The candidates must have some basic knowledge of river hydraulics and hydropower projects.

Course materials

Lysne, Glover, Støle and Tesaker: Hydraulic Design. Vanoni: Sedimentation Engineering. Støle: Withdrawal of Water from Himalayan Rivers and hand-out literature with supplementary articles, cases and 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
  • Environmental and Resource Engineering
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Examination arrangement: Oral examination and work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 50/100 D 2021-12-09
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Work 30/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Work 20/100 A INSPERA
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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