2023-2024 / GCIV0604-3



22h Th, 30h Pr, 1d FW, 15h Proj.

Number of credits

 Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Civil Engineering5 crédits 


Pierre Archambeau, Michel Pirotton

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course goes deeper into the notions of the elements of fluid mechanics, by applying them to applications in civil engineering.

  • The introduction recalls the concepts about irrotational flows, real fluids and it introduces the analysis of flows around built structures.
  • It deals with the analysis and calculation of flows in networks under pressure, ramified and meshed.
  • It develops theoretical and practical features on hydraulic pumps and turbines to be designed for complex networks.
  • It deals with serious transient aspects in networks under pressure, taking into account the deformability of the pipes and the compressibility of the water (water hammer).
  • It generalizes the approach of potential flows.
  • It introduces aspects in hydrology which are useful for determining caracteristical values in underground hydraulics, open channel flows and pressurised flows (watershed balance, hydrographs, caracteristical discharges, ...) based on statistical principles
  • It deals with flows in a saturated porous environment in laminar conditions, with or without a free surface.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Complementary course on fluid mechanics.

This course contributes to the learning outcomes I.2, II.1, III.1, III.2, IV.1, IV.2, V.2, VI.1, VI.2, VII.2 of the BSc in engineering.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Elements of fluid mechanics course.
Elements of statistics

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Guided exercises leading to the handling in short reports at the end of the daily session, and more detailed group reports at the end of several thematic sessions. Deadlines are available at the begining of each exercise session. Questions can be asked to students at each practical session concerning topics taught previously. A one-day visit is organized on an industrial site which presents large fluid transports and hydraulic machines.
All activities are organized around an online Moodle platform. It proposes didactical multimedia contents and serves as a mean for submitting weekly short reports.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

The course is based on theoretical lectures and exercises sessions.

  • Theoretical lectures: Questions are asked during the course and breaks or through the platform forums (no questions by e-mail).
  • During practical sessions, realistic problems are solved individually by students. At the end of each session, a short report must be delivered. This makes these sessions mandatory.

Recommended or required readings

Possible readings to deepen knowledge from the course.

The assessment is based on two distinguished parts.

  • A written exam, with a theoretical part and a practical part that counts for 70% of the global mark. The theoretical part (open questions) is organized without any support, while some useful formulas are provided for the practical examination (no course support).
  • The assessment of the reports counts for 30% of the global mark.
  • Reports must be made in order to take examinations (1st and 2nd sessions).
  • Reports must be made before 1st session exam, at the date written on the exercise statement. No handling in second session.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

All sessions are held in Sart-Tilman campus every wednesday from 8:30am. An additional session can be scheduled during the All Saint's week.


Professor : Pr. Michel Pirotton, +32 (0)4 366 95 36, michel.pirotton@uliege.be

Assistant : Ir. Vincent Schmitz, +32 (0)4 366 90 04, v.schmitz@uliege.be

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