Vienna University of Technology

KW3 - River Engineering

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Latest changes - Wednesday 11 October 2017

Institute of Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering

The River Rhine near Karlsruhe, showing the old course, and "improved" straightened path

And similarly, closer to home, our own Danube

Amazon River

Free water jet, by Leonardo da Vinci, the world's best-known hydraulic engineer

River Adda, Northern Italy



Thursday 09:00 - 10:30, Karlsgasse 13, Seminarraum 268/1 (1st floor)

Lecture Notes

Full size, colour overhead slides:

(contains corrections to two errors in printed notes, cos -> sin in figure on p27 and one redundant "rectangular" removed from paragraph 2 of page 31)

Reduced size, Black &White, suitable for printing:

(contains same corrections as the large slides)

Course description

  • Introduction
  • Review of energy and momentum
  • Resistance in streams
  • The effects of obstacles on streams
  • Steady uniform flow
  • Steady gradually-varied non-uniform flow
  • Unsteady flow - flood routing
  • Reservoir routing
  • Measurements - Hydrography/Hydrometry
  • Loose-boundary hydraulics - sediment stability and transport
  • Water quality

A parallel course will be presented on occasions during the lectures which will refer to some parts of the Numerical Methods lecture notes


A Glossary of Terms in Hydraulic Engineering - contains translations between English-German-Spanish-Italian-French-Portuguese. They are not sorted alphabetically, so it is probably best to use the search facility (CTL F). If you see any errors in German or English, please tell me. Dr Freddy Flórez has corrected the Spanish!

Fluid Mechanics, River Hydraulics, and Floods - An introductory lecture I gave to a group of students in Melbourne in February 2011, with reference to the floods that happened in Australia at that time - and caused my mother and I to evacuate first from the farm and then from the town.

Tutorial sheets & worked solutions

Here are collected sheets from previous years: Tutorial Sheets



Kumar Links to Hydrology Resources

Visual resources

Prof. Hubert Chanson's Gallery of Photographs
IAHR Media Library - photographs and videos
Photographs of rivers
Photographs of rivers in Indonesia


Lecturer: Dr John Fenton,

Mobile: +43 664 7313 1035, Institute: +43 158801 22245

Software packages

HEC-RAS - US Army freeware for numerical solution of river problems
Catchment Modelling Toolkit- Australian freeware for solution of basin problems
USGS Water Resources Applications Software


Crocodile - usually neglected by theory ...

Devil's Bridge, River Serchio, Tuscany

Snowy River, Australia, with willows, introduced species, growth out of control

Upstream pier profile of Pont de la Concorde, Montréal with sharp upstream edge to break ice.

Maintained and authorised by: John Fenton
Last modified:  11 October 2017
Email: John Fenton

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