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Open Channel Hydraulics Hardcover – March 23, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0073397870 ISBN-10: 0073397873 Edition: 2nd

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About the Author

Dr. Terry W. Sturm received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Mechanics and Hydraulics from the University of Iowa at the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 2 edition (March 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073397873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073397870
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julia Hanson on January 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
For a textbook, it's not half-bad. This was the textbook for my Surface Water Dynamics class (a post-graduate civil engineering class).

The course used this book to cover the following:
- Using Specific Energy and Momentum to solve steady state flow problems
- Solving uniform flow problems (including Manning's and other methods)
- Solving gradually varied flow problems
- Designing and evaluating hydraulic structures
- Solving unsteady flow problems using
- Numerical methods,
- Flood routing,
- HEC-RAS

It briefly discusses sediment transport, but my class didn't spend much time on that.

Hydrology and Hydraulics have always been challenging for me (compared to other engineering subjects), but I think this class really helped me understand the subject much better.

Most of the explanations are clear. I never quite understood the control volume example (which is unfortunate because the book uses it over and over again), but I think that's something you're supposed to understand in undergraduate hydraulics. But the material that is actually part of this class was easy to follow and understand. Not very many examples, but the examples provided are good ones. It didn't lose me until we got to numerical methods (but I really didn't have much time to study at that point either).

It drags a bit in the beginning of each chapter, talking a lot about history and development of methods before getting into the mechanics of how they work. But it does have a rhythm to it. Once you get used to it you can quickly skim over the history stuff and read the more applicable information.

Not a lot of detail in this, I know. I guess the bottom line is that this is one textbook that I intend to keep in my reference library (I tossed all my undergrad books on the subject).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chaz on January 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Some people have said that you need a fluid mechanics background before reading this text. Well I have a fluid mechanics background and it doesn't make much difference. Right up front, in Chapter 1, he starts randomly referring to obscure (if you haven't already studied open channels) authors, equations, and concepts without the slightest introduction or explanation.

In general it is badly written, disorganized, and in serious need of an editor. Take your business elsewhere.
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By Robert Duong on July 23, 2014
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Was international.... But good condition.
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