Urban Hydraulics


Provide students with knowledge in design of water distribution and wastewater collection systems. Throughout the semester, students should acquire the following skills:

• Capacity in estimating design flows

• Capacity of knowledge of materials and accessories supplies used

• Capacity in the hydraulic calculation of flows in networks

• Capacity of knowledge and characterization of the components of the networks

• Capacity in more sustainable ways of managing networks

• Capacity of designing the different organs of the systems

General characterization





Responsible teacher

António Pedro Macedo Coimbra Mano, João Nuno Sequeira Fernandes


Weekly - 4

Total - 49

Teaching language



The curricular unit does not have any formal pre-requisites although students should have knowledge in the fields of pressure and free-surface flow. Taking into account the applied component, students are asked to have basic knowledge in the use of CAD software (ex: AutoCad) and spreadsheet programs (ex: Excel).


Marques, J.,  Sousa, J (2011). Hidráulica Urbana. Sistemas de Abastecimento de Água e de Drenagem de Água Residual. Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra 

Apontamentos da UC (CLIP)

Gestão de Sistemas de Saneamento Básico - DGA e LNEC.

Quintela, A. (2005). Hidráulica. Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

Lencastre A. e Franco M. (1992). Lições de Hidrologia, UNL, Lisboa.

Lencastre A. (1991). Hidráulica Geral. Edição do Autor

Manual de Saneamento Básico (MSB2) – Direcção DGRN, Lisboa 1991.

RGSPPDADAR.  Decreto Regulamentar nº 23/95.

Teaching method

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Evaluation method

The evaluation includes two evaluation elements:

-    Theoretical/Practical evaluation: 2 tests or final exam final (60% of the final grade)

-    Project (40% of the final grade)

To have frequency, the students must be present at least in 2/3 of practical classes and have an average grade of at least 9.5 in the lab works TP1 to TP4. The frequency is valid for one year.

Having this frequency, the final grade is calculated by the maximum of:

NFtests =0.3 x T1 + 0.3 x T2 + 0.1 x TP1 + 0.1 x TP2 + 0.1 x TP3 + 0.1 x TP4


NFexam = 0.6 x E + 0.1 x TP1 + 0.1 x TP2 + 0.1 x TP3 + 0.1 x TP4


T1 and T2 – Grade of test 1 and 2

E – Grade in the exam

TP1 to TP4 – Grade in the lab works 1 to 4

The theoretical/practical evaluation (exam or average of tests) has a minimum of 9.5

Subject matter

The unit plan comprises the hydraulic design of the following three systems:

- Water supply systems;

- water distribution systems;

- Drainage systems


The plan covers the following main subjects:

- Project horizon, phased project and construction;

- Population evolution calculation, analytical methods of demographic components;

- Estimation and calculation of water demand and consumption;

- Peak factor and reduction factor, sewage flow and hydrology revision (pluvial flow calculations);

- Water supply system equipment: intake structures in surface and groundwater sources (types, conception and dimensioning);

- Water transport systems (gravitational and non-gravitational), general conception, design of water mains, technical and economical dimensioning of conduits;

- Conception and dimensioning of pump station systems (civil construction, equipment and electrical facilities);

- Design and remote operation of water distribution and pump station systems;

- Water distribution reservoirs design; water supply networks design;

- Drinking Water treatment basics. Sewage water and pluvial water drainage systems; types of systems, conception and dimensioning of conduits and pump station systems;

- General notions on sewage water treatment.


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