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Understanding Hydraulics Paperback – 19 Oct 2001
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About the Author
LES HAMILL is a senior lecturer in civil engineering at the School of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Plymouth.
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The format of the book employs a question and answer theme to work through from the basic principals of hydraulics (hydrostatics, pipeline flow, open channel flow etc) to demonstrating and using more complicated theory (hydraulic structures and models etc). This is done with an imaginary student (Spike) asking the questions and a learned Professor answering them.
I found this text to compare favourably with it's counterparts, many of the recommended texts for Civvil Engineering and Environmental Engineering degree courses fail to display the clarity and easy to read format that this textbook demonstrates. "Fluid Mechanics" by B.S.Massey,is used by many university students. The scope of the subject matter is superior to most other texts. Unfortunately it assumes too much prior knowledge and fails to simplify complicated derivations. Although "Understanding Hydraulics" does not cover all the fields that Massey does the easy to read format and unconvoluted style promotes understanding. There are also plenty of examples, which are always a winner with students!
It is not only suitable for students, I will be using it in industry and find the modernised language refreshing.
Overall I would give this 9/10, with the only criticism I have being that there could have been more subjects covered(e.g. sediment transport). Or maybe that could be another book!
PS: The chapter on engineering hydrology and particulary about surface runoff is much better and has more info than Shaw's Hydrology. Well illustrated section on hydrographs and stats analysis. Also it contains info on groundwater and well hydraulics.
Understanding Hydraulics is one of the best books around for a good knowledge of hydraulics, even if you have no prior knowledge.
For what could be a tricky subject, this book helps to make it very understandable, and is probably one of the reasons why it is my favourite subject this year!
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