Wageningen University offers, spread over multiple chair groups, a number of courses that use the facilities of the Kraijenhoff van de Leur Laboratory for Water and Sediment Dynamics. Below follows a listing of the courses available.
Introduction to Hydraulics
This course is designed for students who need a basic knowledge about hydraulics as an introduction to application oriented courses such as the design of irrigation systems and hydraulic structures. By concentrating on a detailed explanation of the laws of conservation of mass, momentum and energy, the course aims at providing the student a clear understanding of steady water flow through conduits, rivers, canals and soils. The course uses a reader which is compatible with this set-up. In this text book, proofs, derivations, theory and worked examples are given in full, but using simple mathematical notation and an ample amount of clarifying text. The following topics are covered: hydrostatics, measurement of pressure, flow and discharge, flow through pipelines, uniform and non-uniform open channel flow and steady flow around hydraulic structures. The course provides basic knowledge of hydraulics and hydrometry for application in the fields of irrigation, river design, drainage, erosion, water conservation and flood protection. (HWM-21806)
The course focuses on the processes governing fluid flow of water as well as air and the associated dynamical forces and energy. The three most important conservation laws will be discussed: conservation of mass, conservation of momentum and conservation of energy. The subjects of vorticity and system rotation will be discussed in detail. The basic differences between water (incompressible) and air (semi-incompressible) and their consequences on the fluid flow characteristics will be discussed. The course will provide an elaborate introduction to kinematics, dimensional analysis, laminar flow, boundary layer theory and turbulence. By the end of the course, an overview of modelling approaches is offered. (HWM-23806)
River flow and morphology
The course deals with advanced topics of river flow and morphology, emphasizing hydrodynamics, sediment transport and morphodynamics in rivers and streams. It first covers the basics of one-dimensional channel flow by deriving the St. Venant equations, and presents solution methods. Simplifications to the St. Venant equations are introduced that lead to kinematic and diffusion wave approximations, being the bases for flood routing methods. Next, flow curvature and the associated secondary circulation in river bends are discussed, including the derivation of a set of governing equations. The course proceeds with bulk properties of sediment, further focusing on the foundations of bedload and suspended load sediment transport. Bedform dynamics in rivers are subsequently analysed with the main focus on alternative types of bedforms and the associated resistance to the flow. The final lectures address river morphological concepts and introduce one-dimensional analytical models simulating riverbed evolution, both theoretically and in computer exercises. A significant portion of time is dedicated to the analysis of flow, sediment transport and bedform dynamics in the Kraijenhoff van de Leur Laboratory for Water and Sediment Dynamics. (HWM-30306)
The course provides basic knowledge of hydraulics for application in quantitative water management (e.g. design of rivers, flood protection measures and hydraulic structures). By concentrating on a detailed explanation of the laws of conservation of mass, momentum and energy, the course aims at providing the student a clear understanding of steady water flow through conduits, rivers and canals. (HWM24306)
Land and Water Engineering
Land Degradation & Remediation
Land Degradation and Remediation (SLM-10306) is an introductory BSc course which provides a general overview on the topics of land degradation processes, their measurement, conservation strategies and sustainable intervention options. The course contains three parts: A) Recognizing and understanding land degradation B) Conservation and remediation options C) How approaches to solving land degradation issues works in reality?