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Computational Modelling in Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering

1st Edition

By Christopher Koutitas, Panagiotis D. Scarlatos

CRC Press

301 pages | 1004 B/W Illus.

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Combines More Than 40 Years of Expert Experience

Computational modelling and simulation methods have a wide range of applications in hydraulic and coastal engineering. Computational Modelling in Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering provides an introductory but comprehensive coverage of these methods. It emphasizes the use of the finite differences method with applications in reservoir management, closed-conduit hydraulics, free-surface channel and coastal domain flows, surface gravity waves, groundwater movement, and pollutant and sediment transport processes.

It focuses on applications rather than lengthy theories or derivations of complex formulas and is supported by a wealth of hands-on numerical examples and computer codes written in MATLAB but available also in BASIC. PowerPoint presentations and learning assignment projects/quizzes, along with learning assessment rubrics, are included.

A comprehensive study highlighting the infinite differences method, this book:

  • Covers the fundamentals of flow in pressurized conduits
  • Contains solutions for the classical Hardy Cross pipe network problem
  • Designates the mathematical description of groundwater flow in confined and unconfined aquifers
  • Provides numerical examples for one- and two-dimensional applications including saltwater intrusion
  • Presents examples of transport of pollutants, sediment and air bubbles using Eulerian and Lagrangian solution methodologies
  • Includes information on weighted residuals, the finite elements method, and the boundary integral method

Computational Modelling in Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering suits senior-level undergraduates and graduate students as well as practitioners such as coastal and maritime engineers, environmental engineers, civil engineers, computer modellers, and hydro-geologists.


"… a clear, intuitive, in-depth, and balanced textbook. … For students who have no prior background, this is the book to start with. A [distinguishing] feature that makes this book rather unique is the synthesis of the various topics not covered elsewhere. … This broad scope makes this book also suitable as a reference for both students and professionals involved in computational hydraulics and environmental sciences."

Marcel Zijlema, Delft University of Technology

Table of Contents


Mathematical models

Finite differences method

Aim and structure of this book

Ordinary differential equations

Water storage reservoir management

Water quality management in a lagoon

Common partial differential equations of computational hydraulics

Classification of partial differential equations

Partial differential equations and characteristic directions

Numerical solutions of typical partial differential equations

Flow in pressurized conduits

Fundamentals of pipe flow

Pipe network

Unsteady flow in a closed conduit

Free surface flows

Quasi-horizontal free surface flows

One-dimensional open channel flow

Two-dimensional horizontal free surface flows

Stratified flows in geophysical domains

Surface gravity water waves

Basic concepts of water waves

One-dimensional gravity long waves

Two-dimensional linear gravity long waves

Harbour basin resonance

Flow in porous media

General groundwater flow equations

Numerical solutions of groundwater flow applications

Contaminant and sediment transport by advection and diffusion

Introduction to mathematical modelling of transport processes

Numerical solutions of the transport model

Lagrangian modelling of mass transport

Mechanics of sediment transport

Tracer method applied to active particles

Other numerical methods


Weighted residual methods

Finite elements method

Boundary elements method


About the Authors

Christopher Koutitas graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) in 1970. He attended the graduate program in water resources and earned an MSE from the Department of Civil and Geological Engineering at Princeton University in 1971. He earned a doctorate from the Department of Civil Engineering at AUTh in 1976. His main research activity area is computational modelling in coastal and harbor engineering, aiming at the technically and environmentally optimal design of coastal structures. Dr. Koutitas has published more than 200 papers and two relevant books. He is now a professor emeritus of AUTh.

Panagiotis D. Scarlatos earned his diploma degree (1972) and doctorate degree (1981) in civil engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. In 1989 he joined Florida Atlantic University as a faculty member of the Ocean Engineering Department before moving to the Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Department. He is currently a professor in the same department and director of the Center for Intermodal Transportation Safety and Security. He has written more than 130 technical publications, and has served as an expert witness in a variety of national and international cases pertaining to water resources and related infrastructure.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Civil / Dams & Reservoirs