Course detail

Hydraulic Processes

FSI-DHPAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course provides students with basic theories of mechanics of liquids and gases (fluids) so that they are able to apply them to simple systems, to explain and predict their behavior. Acquired knowledge is a prerequisite for understanding the theoretical foundations of modern technical disciplines. Findings from this course can be applied in many industrial fields.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course enables students to acquire knowledge about the liquid properties, the balance of forces in motionless fluids, motion of the fluid in the force fields, the foundations of hydraulic machines. Students learn to work with the pump characteristics, design and dimension simple piping systems and create models for the study of selected technical problems. It has proved to propose design and main dimensions for the optimal solution for a given technological problem.


General knowledge of mathematics and physics in courses on FME. Basic knowledge of differential and integral calculus.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Rieger, F., Novák, V., Jirout, T.: Hydromechanické procesy I, Vydavatelství ČVUT, 2005. (CS)
Perry, R. H. Chilton, C. H.: Chemical Engineers Handbook, McGraw-Hill, New York 1998
Medek, J.: Hydraulické pochody, VUT Brno (2004)
Rieger, F., Novák, V., Jirout, T.: Hydromechanické procesy II, Vydavatelství ČVUT, 2005. (CS)
Novák, V. - Rieger, F. - Vavro, K.: Hydraulické pochody v chemickém a potravinářském průmyslu, SNTL Praha (1989)
Perry, Robert H.: Perry’s chemical engineers’ handbook, McGraw-Hill, New York, 2008 (EN)
Antaki, G. A.: Piping and pipiline engineering: design, construction, maintanance, integrity, and repair, CRC Taylor & Francis, 2003. (EN)
Janalík J., Šťáva P.: Mechanika tekutin, VŠB Ostrava. (CS)
Šob, Fr. Hydromechanika. Brno, CERN 2001 (CS)
Fleischner, P., Hydromechanika. Brno, VUT 1981 (CS)
Munson B.,R., Young, D.,F., Okiishi, T., H., Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics, 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Inc., ISBN 978-0-471-67582-2 (EN)
Cengel, Y., Cimbala, J.,M.,Fluid Mechanics with Student Resources, ISBN 978-0077295462 (EN)
Janalík J.: Vybrané kapitoly z mechaniky tekutin, VŠB Ostrava, 2008. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture: 13 x 2 hrs.
Excercise: 9 x 2 hrs.
Exercise with computer labs: 4 x 2 hrs.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Credit conditions: attendance at seminars. Obtaining a classification grade E to control work in theoretical exercises, whose term action is set at the beginning of the semester. If this condition is not satisfied, the teacher may in justified cases set a condition. Completing all tasks in the laboratory exercises, fulfilling the conditions for ongoing review and submission of required written. The exam checks knowledge of the laws and their application in practice. The exam consists of three parts. Part 1: test - the student has to show basic theoretical knowledge from hydromechanics Part 2: examples - in this section, students will demonstrate the ability to solve specific examples Part 3: oral exam - this part is used for the classification.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to familiarise students with the basic theories of classical and modern hydromechanics so that they are able to apply them to simple systems, to explain and predict their behavior. The challenge is to make students aware that fluid mechanics is the theoretical basis and the result of engineering disciplines. Furthermore familiar with basic design principles and piping systems using pumps and prove to choose the best type of equipment and determine its main dimensions and parameters.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Participation in seminars is registered.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3S-P Bachelor's

    branch B-EPP , 2. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction, basic terms and units. Properties of fluids.
2. Euler equation, Pascal law, hydrostatic equilibrium in relative space.
3. Calculation of forces on surfaces, a replacement method of surface, buoyancy and floatation, MetaCenter.
4.Introduction in hydrodynamics, basic concepts, methods of the description of continuum. Continuity equation, Euler equations of hydrodynamics
5. Bernoulli equation, Theorem on the change of momentum.
6. 1D flow in pipeline, assumptions, continuity equation, Bernoulli equation applications, pipeline losses.
7.Hydrodynamic effect of the liquid on the pipeline. The discharge from the containers,emptying of the containers.
8. Flow in open channels and weirs, overflow spillways. Outflow of long pipes, hydraulic ram.
9. 1D flow in a rotating channel, Euler's turbine equation. Distribution of pumps
10. Hydrodynamic pumps, specific energy, power, efficiency, characteristics. The pump operation point. Coordination and regulation of hydrodynamic pumps.
11. Hydraulic machines - turbines, basic sorting, power, specific energy, cavitation.
12. Hydrodynamic effect of liquids on board, the calculation of the Pelton turbine.
12.Experiment, measuring of hydraulic parameters, pressure, speed, viscosity.
13.Teorie of similarity, similarity numbers, PI theorem, measurements on models.


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Computational exercises following the previous lecture

Exercises with computer labs:
The preparation, completion and evaluation of laboratory experiments


eLearning: opened course