78647 - Large-Scale Water and Wastewater Structures

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Clean water and sanitation Sustainable cities Climate Action

Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

The course provides advanced theoretical basis, knowledge of the tools and applied skills for: (1) the design of large scale wastewater systems, with particular emphasis on sewer systems and water supply systems for large cities; (2) the design of large dams, with particular emphasis on the estimation of the forcings, the design of dam's hydraulic facilities, the prevention and detection of leakage, and the design of large scale power plants. Student gain expertise on the hydraulic and management challenges of large scale infrastructures and their environmental impact. Case studies related to large scale sewer systems and recently built large scale dams are considered and provide the way forward through the learning of the concepts.

Course contents

Requirements/Prior knowledge

A prior knowledge and understanding of basic hydraulics, hydrology is required to attend with profit this course. Advanced Hydrosystem Engineering (or any similar courses about Water Supply and Urban Drainage) is a preferential pre-requisite.

Fluent spoken and written English is a necessary pre-requisite: all lectures and tutorials, and all study material will be in English.

Extension of basic design issues to large scale systems

- Urban hydrology

- Environmental issues

Water intakes by natural rivers and water uses

Types of dams:

- concrete gravity dams;

- concrete arch dams;

- earth dams;

- Gates and spillways in hydraulic installations. International reference regulations for the design, construction and operation of dams.

Hydro Power Plants:

- General scheme (Reservoir - Penstock - Turbine)

- Types of turbines

Hydroelectric generation


Chin: Water-Resources Engineering

Mays: Water Resources Engineering, Wiley

Sowers: Earth and Rockfill dam engineering

Teaching methods

Theorical lessons and computer-based exercises on key topics.

Lessons attendance is a key requisite to acquire a detailed knowledge.

Assessment methods

Written test (in presence or online)

Teaching tools

Students will be provided with lecture slides and technical papers

Office hours

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