CHANSON, H. (2014). "Applied Hydrodynamics: An Introduction." CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Leiden, The Netherlands, 448 pages & 21 video movies (ISBN 978-1-138-00093-3).

Applied Hydrodynamics: an IntroductionAuthor's website :
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Table of Contents: {at UQespace}

Appendix F contains over 20 digital Video movies with detailed explanations. Each video can be accessed electronically via Video Streaming. Movie topics include laminar and turbulent flows in a Reynolds experiment, developing shear layer and large vortical structures, smoke dispersion in a cross-flow, turbulence and free-surface vortices in an inundated urban environment, developing boundary layer above a spillway, turbulent water jets discharging into the atmosphere, unsteady boundary layer and sediment motion beneath waves, butterfly flight, para-gliding, minimum energy loss (MEL) spillway inlet, Hele-Shaw cell flow visualisation, shark swim, stingray swimming motion, penguin swimming, windmill and wind turbines, sharp-crested weir overflow.

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.

Corrections & Errata

*p. 53, Application No. 1, Solution: Eq. (2.23b) should include ...(1-(V/Vo)2)

*p. 90, Application, solution, (a): Hence q = 2.68 m2/s and K = 9.19 m2/s.

*p. 231, Equation (2.1) should be: V = v + V_overbar

*p. 244, At the wall, the boundary shear stress equals: Tau / Ro = Nu_T times .......

*p. 301: d2/d = N/((N+1).(N+2)

*p. 404, Solution, 3. Double strength = 25, 56.25, 156.25 m2/s

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
2015 Project on Wind Loads on Buildings
Read the Instructions. (Version 1.09. 9/04/2015)
Photo No. 2015.1: Hot-wire probe measurements
Photo No. 2015.2: Probe traverse mechanism
Photo No. 2015.3: Computer data acquisition and probe signal sampling.
Photo No. 2015.4: Wind tunnel test section and students conducting velocity measurements around the building model
Photo No. 2015.5:  Students conducting probe sampling and data analysis
Photo No. 2015.6: Hot-wire probe in the near wake of the building model for 0-degree angle of incidence


2008 Project on Cyclonic Wind Loads on Buildings at the University of Queensland
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

Useful Links

Rating : [***] = superb, must see - [**] = excellent
* Flow visualisation
Interactions between a Developing Boundary Layer and the Free-Surface on a Stepped Spillway [**}
CHANSON, H. (2013). "Interactions between a Developing Boundary Layer and the Free-Surface on a Stepped Spillway: Hinze Dam Spillway Operation in January 2013." Proc. 8th International Conference on Multiphase Flow ICMF 2013, Jeju, Korea, 26-31 May, Gallery Session ICMF2013-005 (Video duration: 2:15). (Description) (Record at UQeSpace)

* NASA Internet resources

Simulation programs {www.nasa.gov}
List of resources {}
Moon tennis {}

Hubert CHANSON is a Professor in Civil Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering and Environmental Fluid Mechanics at the University of Queensland, Australia. His research interests include design of hydraulic structures, experimental investigations of two-phase flows, applied hydrodynamics, hydraulic engineering, water quality modelling, environmental fluid mechanics, estuarine processes and natural resources. He has been an active consultant for both governmental agencies and private organisations. His publication record includes over 650 international refereed papers and his work was cited over 2,500 times (WoS) to 9,800 times (Google Scholar) since 1990. His h-index is 26 (WoS), 28 (Scopus) and 46 (Google Scholar). Hubert Chanson is the author of twenty books, including "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), "Tidal Bores, Aegir, Eagre, Mascaret, Pororoca: Theory And Observations" (World Scientific, 2011) and "Applied Hydrodynamics: an Introduction" (CRC Press, 2014). 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), "Hydraulic Structures and Society – Engineering Challenges and Extremes" (Chanson and Toombes 2014, University of Queensland). He chaired the Organisation of the 34th IAHR World Congress held in Brisbane, Australia between 26 June and 1 July 2011. He chaired the Scientific Committee of the 5th IAHR International Symposium on Hydraulic Structures held in Brisbane in June 2014.
 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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