Water Related Courses Offered at Queen's
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CIVL 250 - Hydraulics I
Fluid properties, fluid statics, basic equations of fluid flow: Continuity, Momentum, Euler's Equation of Motion, Linear Momentum Equation and Bernoulli's Equation. Flow of real fluid in closed conduits: friction losses and local energy losses. Pipeline flows in engineering practice.
CIVL 350 - Hydraulics II
Topics in open channel flow including friction, specific energy, free-surface profiles, culverts and hydraulic-jump energy dissipaters. Lake dynamics and environmental hydraulics will be introduced. The basic underlying concepts of water resources and hydrology will be discussed.
CIVL 371 - Groundwater Engineering
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of groundwater systems with an emphasis on the engineering design of extraction systems for water supply, site dewatering, and parameter estimation tests. Source water protection methods will be discussed. Equations governing the flow of groundwater, flownets, and capture zones are presented. Detailed case histories are presented. Laboratories make extensive use of commercial grade software for surface and groundwater flow simulation.
CIVL 372 - Water and Wastewater Engineering
This course introduces general concepts of water/wastewater engineering for the protection of human and ecosystem health, and focuses on the fundamental design and operation of unit operations and processes for provision of safe drinking water and the treatment and disposal of wastewaters and accumulated solids to meet source water protection regulations and requirements. Topics include water quality problems; reactors and reactions; the quality of water supplies and the characteristics of wastewater; the chemical, physical and/or biological treatment of drinking water and wastewater; and biosolids stabilization and management. Alternative and innovative urban water management strategies will be discussed and emerging issues for water managers will be introduced. The laboratories will illustrate standard and advanced analytical methods and data analysis for design of some of these systems. PPE will be required for this course at the student’s cost.
CIVL 450 - Municipal Hydraulics
The course will present concepts and tools to analyze and design water services, including storm sewers, sanitary sewers, and water mains, at the site- and sub-division level. Many of the concepts and tools are used in the fields of land-development engineering and municipal engineering. The course will provide an introduction to hydrological processes, design rainfall prediction with intensity-duration-frequency curves, estimation of time of concentration, peak runoff prediction in small drainage areas with the Rational Method and the unit hydrograph method, reservoir routing and storm water management tank and pond design, storm sewer analysis and design with Manning’s equation, wastewater flow prediction, sanitary sewer analysis and design, water demand prediction, steady-state analysis of pressurized pipes, water main design, and designing water services according to municipal design standards.
CIVL 451 - Lake, Reservoir and Coastal Engineering
The fundamental hydraulic processes affecting coastal engineering and water reservoir operation are discussed. Topics include wave theory, wave measurement, wave record analysis, wave transformation, seiches, tides, storm surges, turbulent mixing and transport of pollutants. Student projects are assigned on computational water reservoir modelling, analysis of field data and reservoir operation as well as the design of breakwaters and ocean structures and the use of hydraulic and numerical coastal models.
CIVL 455 - River Engineering
A course in the basics of river engineering including the study of alluvial processes, the prediction and consequences of sediment transport, the design of measures to control erosion and accretion, and the design of dams, spillways and diversions. Critical aspects in the design of river engineering structures and assessment of environmental impact of river engineering projects are discussed. The use of physical and numerical models in the practice of river engineering is illustrated. The principles of natural channel design, stream restoration, and bioengineering in river environments are also addressed.
CIVL 470 - Municipal Water Engineering
Continuing from the introductory material in CIVL 370, this course describes the engineering aspects of the provision of potable water, and the collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater in the urban environment. Topics include the quality of water supplies and the characteristics of wastewater; estimation of water consumption and sewage generation; the chemical and physical treatment of water for drinking purposes; design of water distribution and wastewater collection systems; physical, chemical and biological wastewater treatment; and effluent and sludge disposal. Alternative urban development strategies are discussed (i.e. water conservation and urban reuse). The laboratories illustrate basic analytical methods which provide data for design of these systems.
CIVL 471 - Subsurface Contamination
This course deals with subsurface contamination by hazardous industrial liquids such as PCB oils, gasoline, jet fuel, chlorinated solvents and coal tars. The fundamentals of multiphase/multicomponent flow and transport in soil and groundwater are outlined followed by specific treatment of both dense and light non-aqueous phase liquids. The course will examine the subsurface distribution of these liquids, site characterization methods, indoor air intrusion, regulatory aspects, remediation technologies, and selected case histories.
CIVL 473 – Water Resources Systems
This course will present concepts and tools for designing and modelling large-scale water resources systems in urban catchments. Focus will be placed on the design and analysis of urban drainage systems and urban water supply/distribution systems at the catchment level. Hydrologic, hydraulic, and statistical modelling tools used in industry will be used to evaluate the performance of water resources systems. Topics will include: the urban water cycle, environmental considerations in master planning of drainage and water supply systems, climate change impacts on water resources systems, floodplain analysis and flood control, statistical analysis of rainfall and stochastic hydrology, continuous simulation modelling, planning and modelling of large-scale urban drainage systems, planning and modelling of large-scale water distribution systems, reliability analysis and water quality analysis of water distribution systems, and the master planning process for urban drainage and drinking water systems.
CIVL-850 – Advanced Fluid Mechanics
Fundamental equations of real fluid flows are developed and discussed using vector and tensor notations. Some exact and approximate solutions of these equations are introduced. The stability of laminar flows and the transition to turbulence are examined; the Reynolds equations are derived and some applications of these equations are investigated. The boundary layer concept is introduced. Recent developments in the theory of turbulence are outlined and discussed.
CIVL-852 - Environmental Fluid Dynamics
Topics to include: conservation equations for turbulent flows; wall-bounded shear flows; spectral dynamics; measurement and modelling of mixing and dissipation in stratified flows; stability of stratified flows; linear, nonlinear and dispersive waves (e.g. seiches, Kelvin waves, Poincare waves and solitary waves); internal wave breaking; convection. Theory will be discussed with reference to field observation, computational and laboratory modelling of lake and ocean flows.
CIVL-853 - Water Waves
Fundamentals of surface gravity wave physics including generation, propagation, dispersion, refraction, diffraction, reflection and dissipation are covered. Topics include wave theories, spectral analysis, wave momentum flux, wave-driven currents, wave-sediment interactions, wave forces and design of structures. Emphasis will be on theoretical analysis and practical engineering design, as well as on physical and numerical modelling (Three lecture hours per week).
CIVL-855 - Hydrodynamics of Coasts and Estuaries
An advanced class in physical processes acting in coastal environments ranging across the continental shelf to estuaries, river deltas, beaches, barrier islands and tidal inlets. Topics include surface waves, long waves, storm surges, tides, mixing, coastal circulation, wind forcing, upwelling, salinity, morphology, sediment transport and contaminant dispersion. Observation and prediction methods will be covered and examples from major events such as hurricanes and tsunamis will be discussed. Emphasis will be on theoretical analysis, numerical model applications and engineering designs.
CIVL-856 - River Morphodynamics
Aspects of the bed and bank deformation of alluvial rivers will be addressed. Topics covered include hydraulics of flow in river channels; mechanics and quantification of sediment transport; sediment transport continuity equation; bed forms and flow resistance; regime concept and determination of equilibrium (stable) alluvial channels; adjustments of equilibrium and river channel changes; geometry and mechanics of meandering and braiding streams; local scour and related problems. Computer-aided study of alluvial river processes will be discussed.
CIVL-857 - River Engineering
A course in the basics of river engineering including the study of alluvial process, the prediction and consequences of sediment transport, the design of measures to control erosion and accretion, and the design of dams, spillways and diversions. Hydraulic modelling of fluvial processes and engineering structures is addressed. Water quality including transport and mixing of conservative and non-conservative substances is discussed. Techniques for water quality monitoring, and control and bioengineering in a riverine environment are also addressed.
CIVL-858 - Computational Hydraulics
Fundamental numerical algorithms and computational schemes will be introduced and applied to the solution of flows frequently encountered in the practice of hydraulic engineering. Topics covered include solution of non-linear equations; tridiagonal and block-tridiagonal systems of equations; solution of partial differential equations (finite difference schemes, control volume approach); grid generation. Applications to the determination of flow velocity and pressure fields of selected 1-D and 2-D laminar and turbulent open-channel flows will be considered.
CIVL 859 - Fundamentals of Coastal Engineering
This course covers wave theory, wave measurement, wave statistics, wave transformation, wave modelling, tides, water levels and storm surges. It introduces design of breakwaters and other coastal structures, and uses hydraulic and numerical coastal models. Utilization of bioengineering and beach nourishment in the coastal zone is addressed. Design and construction issues associated with harbours and marinas are discussed. Shoreline stability in relation to sediment transport and external environmental parameters are introduced. Environmental considerations, coastal zone management, coastal sediment transport and design in the coastal zone are also considered.
CIVL-880 - Subsurface Contamination
This course deals with subsurface contamination by hazardous industrial liquids such as PCB oils, gasoline, jet fuel, chlorinated solvents and coal tars. The fundamentals of multiphase/multicomponent flow and transport will be outlined followed by specific treatments of both dense and light non-aqueous phase liquids. The course will examine the subsurface distribution of these liquids, sampling and detection, clean-up technologies, regulatory aspects, and selected case histories.