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Unsteady Flow in Open Channels

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  • Date Published: April 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107150294

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  • Practitioners in water engineering rely on a thorough understanding of shallow water flows in order to safeguard our habitat, while at the same time sustaining the water environment. This book proposes a unified theoretical framework for the different types of shallow flow, providing a coherent approach to interpret the behaviour of such flows, and highlighting the similarities and differences. Every major topic in the book is accompanied by worked examples illustrating the theoretical concepts. Practical examples, showcasing inspiring research and engineering applications from the past and present, provide insight into how the theory developed. The book is also supplemented by a range of online resources, available at, including problem sets and computer codes. A solutions manual is available for instructors. This book is intended for students and professionals working in environmental water systems, in areas such as coasts, rivers, harbours, drainage, and irrigation canals.

    • Provides fundamental insights into the dynamics of various classes of unsteady flows
    • Demonstrates how high-level computer language, such as Python, can be used to solve advanced problems with relatively little programming effort
    • Supported by examples of inspiring research and engineering, to demonstrate the application of the theoretical concepts discussed
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    • Winner, 2017 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

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    'Unsteady Flow in Open Channels … is a modern and insightful introduction to flow phenomena in shallow channels. The book is highly pedagogical; explanations are kept as simple as possible, without loss of generality. Treatment of topics is concise and to the point; formulas are written in a way that makes their interpretation transparent. A major added value, in comparison to other textbooks, is the strong emphasis on the physical dynamics behind mathematical formulations. Much attention is given to the characteristic method, to explain phenomena related to the propagation of flow disturbances. The book also provides a good introduction to numerical solution methods of the shallow water equations. It is an excellent textbook for students, very well suited for academic teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels … It is also a useful handbook for hydraulic engineers; it contains many examples for practical use in hydraulic engineering …' J. Dronkers, Netherlands Centre for Coastal Research

    'Unsteady Flow in Open Channels is truly an excellent addition to the Cambridge University Press library. It provides a thorough mathematical treatment of wave propagation for a broad range of engineering problems. This includes the shallow water equations for tidal basins and tsunamis, flood wave and contaminant propagation in rivers, and pressure waves in closed conduits.' Pierre Julien, Colorado State University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107150294
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 193 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.83kg
    • contains: 161 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Basic equations for long waves
    2. Classification and analysis of long waves
    3. Elementary wave equation
    4. Translatory waves
    5. Method of characteristics
    6. Tidal basins
    7. Harmonic wave propagation
    8. Flood waves in rivers
    9. Steady flow
    10. Transport processes
    11. Numerical computation of solutions
    Author index
    Subject index.

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    Unsteady Flow in Open Channels

    Jurjen A. Battjes, Robert Jan Labeur

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    Jurjen A. Battjes, Technische Universiteit Delft, The Netherlands
    Jurjen Battjes is Emeritus Professor at Technische Universiteit Delft, the Netherlands. Now retired, Professor Battjes had a long career in university teaching and research in the field of fluid mechanics. He taught courses in modelling, introductory fluid mechanics, unsteady flow in open channels, and wind-generated waves, the latter being his major research topic. He has also been active as a consultant on numerous projects in coastal engineering, including the Deltaworks in the Netherlands. Professor Battjes has received several prizes and awards, including the International Coastal Engineering Award of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

    Robert Jan Labeur, Technische Universiteit Delft, The Netherlands
    Robert Jan Labeur is Assistant Professor at Technische Universiteit Delft, the Netherlands, where he teaches various courses in environmental fluid mechanics. His research involves numerical modelling of environmental flows, water borne transport processes, and morphology, in particular the modelling of complex 3-dimensional flows. Before working at the university, he was a consultant in the field of hydraulic and coastal engineering.


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