Urban Hydraulics


The course aims to provide the students with the basic skills and understandings of practical and theoretical issues involved in the urban water cycle. Knowledge of functionality and use of previous known hydraulic, constructive and economic subjects are also considered key issues.

To allow the students to have a starting education on fundamental subjects respecting engineering global design and building, including basic knowledge on materials and construction, hydraulics and economics methods and the understanding of the overall construction action and operation and maintenance works, especially regarding water distribution, wastewater and stormwater collection and transport systems and other subjects related to the environment. Some primary rules on design and analysis are given too, regarding new or existing systems.

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Responsible teacher

David José Fonseca Pereira


Weekly - 3

Total - 39

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Fonseca, José (2010) - Regulamento ilustrado de sistemas públicos e prediais de abastecimento de água e drenagem de águas residuais

Vários (1999) - Manual de saneamento básico

Fonseca, José (2008) - Bases de dimensionamento para engenharia sanitária e ambiental

Fonseca, José (2012) - Exercícios resolvidos e Frequently Asked Question

Teaching method

The teaching method includes, weekly, a 3 hours Theoretical-Practical (TP) class, where the students develop engineering skills in the urban water cycle (water supply and sanitation) and in the stormwater urban drainage.

Students receive the information by audiovisual means, specially computer slides and oral explanation of concepts/models. There is a forum (at Moodle platform) to discuss and ask general or specific questions. Email and private telephone of the lecturer is available during all the term period. Continuous evaluation consists in three tests, which divide the learning material along the term (Quantitative inputs and extraction of water, water transport and distribution, foul sewers conveyance, stormwater drainage).

Evaluation method

a) Frequency: All students have "satisfactory" in frequency classification for allowance to examinations, as it is not compulsory the presence at the classes;

 b) Approval from continuous evaluation: It will be approved from the continuous evaluation system who will obtain 9.5 in a scale 0-20, as an average from 3 tests to submit during the semester

 c) Examinations: Examinations will be performed to those who will not obtain approval by continuous evaluation or, when obtaining it, will are interested in getting it better.

Subject matter

The urban water cycle. Some history and constitution os the the systems. Basic data (Projects reference dates, populations, per capita consumption and discharge, average flows, time variation of flows, methods for estimation of stormwater flows.

Abstracting water from subsoil or superficial water.

Water transport and storage.

Distribution of water.

Collection and transport of sewage and stormwater and consequente types of systems. General and special appurtenances. Design criteria. Sulphites generation and control. Pumping stations. Mechanical resistance of pipes.


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