Hydraulic Modelling – An Introduction

Principles, Methods and Applications

By Pavel Novak, Vincent Guinot, Alan Jeffrey, Dominic E. Reeve

© 2010 – CRC Press

602 pages | 170 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Modelling forms a vital part of all engineering design, yet many hydraulic engineers are not fully aware of the assumptions they make. These assumptions can have important consequences when choosing the best model to inform design decisions.

Considering the advantages and limitations of both physical and mathematical methods, this book will help you identify the most appropriate form of analysis for the hydraulic engineering application in question. All models require the knowledge of their background, good data and careful interpretation and so this book also provides guidance on the range of accuracy to be expected of the model simulations and how they should be related to the prototype.

Applications to models include:

  • open channel systems
  • closed conduit flows
  • storm drainage systems
  • estuaries
  • coastal and nearshore structures
  • hydraulic structures.

This an invaluable guide for students and professionals.


"This book should definitely find its place in all libraries concerned with hydraulics, hydroinformatics and modelling. It certainly should be available in their respective institutions to all engineers who are involved in modelling or are using results of models. And it should be advised as essential reading to students at postgraduate level in hydraulics and hydroinformatics."

Jean A. Cunge, Journal of Hydroinformatics

"The book is not only an invaluable guide for students but addresses all researchers and practitioners working in the field of water resources. Because of this it should find its place not only in the libraries of research institutes and universities, but also should be of interest and available to all concerned with the design and construction of all hydraulic structures."

Vodni Hospodarstvi (Water Management, in Czech)

"The authors have written an outstanding and timely work."

Willi H. Hager and Michael Pfister, Journal of Hydraulic Research

"A must-have for every hydraulics engineer who looks to the future of their profession."

Corado Gissoni, L'Acqua

Table of Contents


Theoretical Background

Development of Physical Models

Development of Numerical Models

Procedure and Tools - Physical Models

Procedure and Tools - Mathematical Models

Hydrodynamic Modelling of Open Channel Systems

Environmental Modelling of Open Channel Systems

Hydrodynamic Modelling of Closed Conduit Flows

Modelling of Storm Drainage Systems

Modelling of Estuaries

Modelling of Coastal and Offshore Structures and Processes

Modelling of Hydraulic Structures

About the Authors

Pavel Novak is Emeritus Professor of Civil and Hydraulic Engineering at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Vincent Guinot is Professor at University of Montpellier, France.

Alan Jeffrey is Emeritus Professor of Engineering Mathematics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Dominic Reeve is Professor of Coastal Dynamics at the University of Plymouth, UK.

Subject Categories

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