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Course unit
INL1001807, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN1825, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track SOIL, WATER AND ENVIRONMENT [001PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ENVIRONMENTAL HYDRAULICS
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
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Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge PIETRO TEATINI ICAR/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ICAR/01 Hydraulics 3.0
Core courses ICAR/02 Maritime Hydraulic Construction and Hydrology 3.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2010 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 2018 06/03/2019 15/03/2020 TEATINI PIETRO (Presidente)
SALANDIN PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
8 2017 01/10/2017 15/03/2019 MARION ANDREA (Presidente)
PALMERI LUCA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: 'Hydraulics' or 'Fluid Mechanics'
Target skills and knowledge: A student who has met the objective of the course will be able to:
- Assess vulnerability of surface water bodies to contamination;
- Model transport of solute, colloids and sediments in rivers, wetlands and estuaries;
- Evaluate potential hydropower production;
- Analyze environmental impact of hydraulic projects;
- Model hydraulic and ecological implication of hydro-geological catastrophes.
Examination methods: Exam methods will be announced soon.
Assessment criteria: Oral exam, presentation of short project on a subject agreed with the teacher
Course unit contents: The course offers a view of modern advances in environmental hydraulics, moving forward from classical theories of advection, dispersion and sediment transport treated in basic courses. It describes state-of-the- art scientific knowledge as well as practical engineering tools (such as tracer tests) for water quality mathematical and physical modelling including surface and hyporheic transport of solutes and sediments. It describes the procedures required to perform Environmental Assessment Studies on the design of hydraulic structures for irrigation, renewable energy production and river and wetland restoration. It offers an insight of risk analysis and vulnerability assessment of environmental damages caused by hydro-geological extreme events, including collapse of hydraulic structures, sewer overflow, overaggradation and flooding.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Overview of ongoing international research in contaminant and sediment transport. Hydraulic survey and measurements with tracers of transport properties in rivers and wetlands. Models of contaminant transport scenarios using numerical codes ( OTIS, STIR) to evaluate vulnerability of sites to short-term and long-term contamination. Models and measurements of hyporheic contamination and implications for benthic geochemistry and biology. Impact of hydraulic structures on water quality and ecology, determination of minimum flow for rivers. Environmental compatibility of water uses for irrigation, hydroelectric generation and environmental restoration. Sediment transport, river morphology, erosion (scouring), aggradation, flooding. Properties, transport dynamics and environmental impact of sewer sediments. Ecological impact of floods on contaminant transport and retention in the receiving water bodies. Evaluation of environmental damage caused by natural catastrophes or by accidental or criminal pollution and its implication for insurance policy.
Case studies: natural wetlands, constructed wetlands, highly polluted natural rivers, quality control of artificial channels collecting discharge from industrial areas.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Due to the variety of topics discussed, the teacher will indicate study and reading sources on a subject basis, without adopting an official textbook for the course
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)