CHANSON, H. (2009). "Applied Hydrodynamics: An Introduction to Ideal and Real Fluid Flows." CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Leiden, The Netherlands, 478 pages (ISBN: 978-0-415-49271-3 (Hardback); 978-0-203-87626-8 (eBook))

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Dr. J. CUNGE, in Journal of Hydraulic Research, 2013, Vol. 51, No. 1, pp. 109-110. (Full review PDF file)

"This book merits being read and even studied by a very large spectrum of people who should be able to find it on the shelves of the professional and university libraries that respect themselves. [...] There is an abyss of ignorance concerning Hydrodynamics bases. [...] This population of modellers [the users of commercial hydraulics simulation software] receive now, with Hubert Chanson’s book, a tool for such understanding as well as the material for individual catching up with desired knowledge profile."

Dr. O. CASTRO-ORGAZ, in Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 2013, Vol. 139, No. 4, p. 460. (Full review PDF file)

"Professor Chanson’s book will be an important addition to the field of hydrodynamics. I am glad to recommend it to instructors, students, and researchers who are in need of a clear and updated presentation of the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and their applications to engineering practice."

Prof. B. PLATZER, in Z. Angew Math. Mech., 2011, Vol. 91, No. 5, p. 399. (Full review PDF file)

"The book contains a lot of applications and exercises. It handles some aspects in more detail than other books in hydrodynamics. [...] A great number of the chosen applications comes from phenomena in nature and from technical applications." (Full review PDF file)

Dr Frederic MURZYN, ESTACA (France), Editorial review

"[T]he combination of theoretical aspects, perfectly developed, with an applied point of view directly related to engineering and research, is an additional asset which is not found in other books covering the same field.
[T]his book should interest all the students, engineers (beginner or not), researchers and teachers in fluid mechanics whatever their field of predilection. To be strongly recommended."

Dr Pierre LUBIN, Assistant Professor, Université de Bordeaux (France), Editorial review
"This handbook is of excellent quality and is a great addition to the literature on fluid mechanics. The author made a strong pedagogical effort in writing this book. Without any doubt, it will become a standard work in Fluid Dynamics."
Dr Richard MANASSEH, CSIRO Fluid Dynamics Group (Australia), Editorial review
"This should be recommended reading for anyone contemplating numerical calculations or detailed measurements on real engineering geometries, since this training teaches one what to expect.
[T]his text has a wonderful personal touch, including many illustrations and appendices that spring from the author's love of flows in rivers and seas, of the design of ships and aeroplanes, and of history."

Specialised Hydrodynamic Softwares

The software 2DFlow+ is a Windows-based product developed by Dynaflow Inc.. It provides a graphical solution of the Lapace equations for irrotational flow motion of ideal fluid. It was “specially designed for students of fluid mechanics who want to understand and experiment with potential flows”.
Based upon the principle of superposition, simple flow patterns (source, vortex, uniform flow, doublet) may be placed using a mouse click. The software automatically calculates the stream function, velocity potential, velocity and pressure fields. The two-dimensional results are presented on-screen as contours, iso-contour and trajectories.

FoilSim is a simulator that performs a Kutta-Joukowski analysis to compute the lift of an airfoil. The user can control the shape, size, and inclination of the airfoil and the atmospheric conditions.FoilSimU is a special version of the FoilSim program that includes all of the options of the original version plus additional input and output panels to study the details of conformal mapping and the Kutta condition.

Tutorial Solution Files

2DFlow+ file Rankin1.xyb       Click [PROCEED] at the UQ-ITS advisory webpage
2DFlow+ file So_Si1.xyb
2DFlow+ file Rankin2.xyb
2DFlow+ file Whirlpl1.xyb
2DFlow+ file Whirlpl2.xyb

Corrections & Errata

- page 62, Equation (2-23b)
PDF file of corrections
- page 127, Exercise 4.5(b)
PDF file of corrections
- page 269, Dimensionless stream function in the Blasius equation
PDF file of corrections
- pages 278-280, Velocity profile as a polynomial equation of fourth degree
PDF file of corrections
- pages 291-293, Velocity profile in a laminar boundary layer, Velocity profile as a polynomial equation of third degree, Laminar wake
PDF file of corrections
- page 309, below Equation (4-21)
PDF file of corrections
- page 312, below Equation (4-24)
PDF file of corrections
- page 314, Equation (4-26)
PDF file of corrections
- page 318, Equation (4-31)
PDF file of corrections

Examples of Laboratory Practicals

Hele-Shaw cell experiments
(1) Flow past a Rankine body, where the green dye injected at the source does not mix with the red dye injected in the uniform flow (flow from left to rigth).
(2) Flow past a thick rounded plate perpendicular to the flow (flow from right to left).
(3) Flow past a thick rounded foil with 15% camber perpendicular to the flow (flow from right to left)
Wind tunnel projects
2008 Project on Cyclonic Wind Loads on Buildings at the University of Queensland
Read the Instructions. (Draft Version 27/03/2008)
Photo No. 1.1 : Group 1 students preparing the building model M2 in the wind tunnel, looking donwstream at the turn table
Photo No. 1.2 : Control room of the wind tunnel, view from the test section (Group 1)
Photo No. 2.1 : Control room of the wind tunnel, view from the test section (Group 2)
Photo No. 2.2 : Hele-Shaw cell experiment (Group 2) (Courtesy of Paul GUARD)
Photo No. 4.1 : Preparation of the rough plate boundary layer experiment (Group 4)
Photo No. 4.2 : Preparation of the building model M3 (Group 4) (Courtesy of Paul GUARD)
Photo No. 3.1 : Hele-Shaw cell experiment (Group 3) (Courtesy of Paul GUARD)
Photo No. 3.2 : Streamline visualisation in the Hele-Shaw cell apparatus (Group 3) (Courtesy of Paul GUARD)
Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4

2006 Atmospheric Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Project (Cyclonic Wind Loads on Buildings)

2005 Wind tunnel projects
Group 1 at Hele-Shaw cell apparatus Group 2 in wind tunnel Model M2 Model M1

Model in wind tunnel

Useful Links

Rating : [***] = superb, must see - [**] = excellent
Rivers Seen from Space [**]
Structurae, International Database and Gallery of Structures [**]

Qanats : an historical account [*]

Gallery of Photographs in Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulic & Environmental Engineering and Engineering History
ASME Database (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) 

Foundation Cousteau (see Alcyone)

The Formal Water Garden

Unesco Photobank [**]


Basic Fluid Dynamics
Gallery of photographs in fluid dynamics by Mark Kramer [**]

Software : 2DFlow Plus (ZIP file) by Dynaflow (For teaching purposes only)
    (Alternative site : or
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Potential flow : superposition of elementary flows (University of Syracuse)
FEAT-Flow (Excellent site with numerical flow visualisations) [**]

La Grande Arche, Paris

The Morning Glory : amazing waves [**]
Mixing and dispersion
Coastal Ocean Modeling at the USGS Woods Hole Field Center
EPA Multimedia projects (USA) (Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico)
Mixing in estuarine zones
Inlets on-line (USACE) [**]
Estuaries in South Africa [*]
Atmospheric Fluid Dynamics
 Morning Glory - Amazing Waves [**]

 Climate Information (Australia)

Aircraft and aerodynamics
Airbus Industry (go to Images, Photo gallery) [**]
Dassault Aviation
USAF Thunderbirds [**]
USN Blue Angels [**]
Deep sea currents / Oceanic circulation
University of Washington PALACE Floats {} [**]
Scripps Dive into Science {}

TOPEX/Poseidon Mission {} [***]

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography {http;//}
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) {}

Coastal engineering
Gallery of photographs of coastal processes  {}
Great Barrier Reef, National Geographic  {}
Oceanic turbulence around Japanese islands    {}

Photographs of tidal bores { bores, mascaret, pororoca}
The tidal bore of the Seine river  {}

Whirlpools    {}
Tsunamis    {}
Tidal links    {}

National Weather Service Office of Hydrology
El Niño Information in California
Extreme reservoir siltation in Australia
River engineering
IAHR Medialibrary
The tidal bore of the Seine river
Artifical river habitats and fish passes (photographs)
Flood plains (photographs)

Weirs and small dams on the Kent river (UK) [**]

Computational modelling in hydraulics

Hydrochan (TM)  [**]  Gradually-varied flows (1D) (for teaching purposes ONLY)
US Army Corps of Engineers HEC Softwares
Water quality issues
Chicago Calumet waterway: sidestream aeration cascades
Petit-saut dam (French Guyana): aeration cascade
       Petit-Saut dam : photographs, dam details

The Aral sea

Photographs { plains}
NASA Earth Observatory (1)(2)
TETHYS (Kazakhstan) and JRAK (Japan) Ecological expedition {}
Trip in Uzbekistan {}
Bureau of Meteorology
Goulburn-Murray Water
Hydro-Electric Corporation (Tasmania)
Murray-Darling Basin Commission
NSW Department of Land and Water Conservation
QLD Department of Natural Resources [Water, Storages]    [Glossary of terms]

Extreme reservoir siltation in Australia

 CFD Resources Online
 A list of fluid mechanics related http servers
 Structurae, International Database and Gallery of Structures [**]

University of Queensland Library

Measurement systems : SI Units and significant figures

Reprints of Research Papers

Internet resources in Hydraulic Engineering : rubber dams, tidal bore, reservoir siltation, MEL culverts ...

ICEnet: The Institution of Civil Engineers, UK Homepage
Japan Society of Civil Engineers
ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers Homepage
ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers

ENPC - Ponts et Chaussees
IAHR homepage (International Association for Hydraulic Research)

 US Geological Survey
Civil Engineering Resources on the Internet (

Video Player MPEG
Utilities - TUCOWS
Utilities - CNet

Hubert CHANSON is a Professor in Civil Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering and Applied Fluid Mechanics, at the University of Queeensland, Australia. His research interests include design of hydraulic structures, experimental investigations of two-phase flows, coastal hydrodynamics, water quality modelling, environmental management and natural resources. He has been an active consultant for both governmental agencies and private organisations. His publication record includes over 550 international refereed papers and his work was cited over 2,700 times since 1990. Hubert Chanson is the author of several books : "Hydraulic Design of Stepped Cascades, Channels, Weirs and Spillways" (Pergamon, 1995), "Air Bubble Entrainment in Free-Surface Turbulent Shear Flows" (Academic Press, 1997), "The Hydraulics of Open Channel Flow : An Introduction" (Butterworth-Heinemann, 1st edition 1999, 2nd editon 2004), "The Hydraulics of Stepped Chutes and Spillways" (Balkema, 2001), "Environmental Hydraulics of Open Channel Flows" (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2004), "Applied Hydrodynamics: an Introduction of Ideal and Real Fluid Flows" (CRC Press, 2009), and "Tidal Bores, Aegir, Eagre, Mascaret, Pororoca: Theory And Observations" (World Scientific, 2011). He co-authored two further books "Fluid Mechanics for Ecologists" (IPC Press, 2002) and "Fluid Mechanics for Ecologists. Student Edition" (IPC, 2006). His textbook "The Hydraulics of Open Channel Flows : An Introduction" has already been translated into Spanish (McGraw-Hill Interamericana) and Chinese (Hydrology Bureau of Yellow River Conservancy Committee), and the second edition was published in 2004. In 2003, the IAHR presented him with the 13th Arthur Ippen Award for outstanding achievements in hydraulic engineering. The American Society of Civil Engineers, Environmental and Water Resources Institute (ASCE-EWRI) presented him with the 2004 award for the Best Practice paper in the Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering ("Energy Dissipation and Air Entrainment in Stepped Storm Waterway" by Chanson and Toombes 2002). Hubert Chanson edited further several books : "Fluvial, Environmental and Coastal Developments in Hydraulic Engineering" (Mossa, Yasuda & Chanson 2004, Balkema), "Hydraulics. The Next Wave" (Chanson & Macintosh 2004, Engineers Australia), "Hydraulic Structures: a Challenge to Engineers and Researchers" (Matos & Chanson 2006, The University of Queensland), "Experiences and Challenges in Sewers: Measurements and Hydrodynamics" (Larrate & Chanson 2008, The University of Queensland), "Hydraulic Structures: Useful Water Harvesting Systems or Relics?" (Janssen & Chanson 2010, The University of Queensland), "Balance and Uncertainty: Water in a Changing World" (Valentine et al. 2011, Engineers Australia). He chaired the Organisation of the 34th IAHR World Congress held in Brisbane, Australia between 26 June and 1 July 2011.
 His Internet home page is He also developed a gallery of photographs website {} that received more than 2,000 hits per month since inception.

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