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  • An undergraduate course in hydraulics or fluid mechanics
  • CE59700.1 Analysis and Design of Water Distribution Systems and CE59700.2 Design of Sanitary Sewer Systems would be highly desirable.

About this course

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Detention storage structures and storm sewer systems are used to store and transport rainfall-runoff through open ditched and underground pipes.

In this course, we will:

  • Learn about spatial distribution of rainfall, perform statistical analysis, fit different distributions to the data, and calculate design rainfall.
  • Learn to estimate runoff using the rational method and time of concentration, and use the SCS-CN method to determine the time distribution of runoff. Unit hydrograph theory and computation of storm hydrographs will be covered.
  • Use regulations to design storm sewer systems using EPA-SWMM.
  • Compute storage volumes for detention storage structures.

What you'll learn

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  • Determine design rainfall and calculate runoff using rational method, SCS curve number method and unit hydrograph theory.
  • Calculate stormwater flows.
  • Analyze and design storm sewer systems and detention storage volumes by rational method.
  • Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems.
  • Week 1: Rainfall temporal and spatial variation, design rainfall and hydrologic risk
  • Week 2: Runoff using Rational Method, storm sewer design
  • Week 3: Detention storage design, SCS CN method
  • Week 4: Hydrographs, SCS triangular and curvilinear unit hydrographs
  • Week 5: Superposition, computing runoff hydrographs from unit hydrograph theory

Meet your instructors

Rao Govindaraju
Bowen Engineering Head of Civil Engineering and Christopher B. And Susan S. Burke Professor of Civil Engineering
Purdue University

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