Course Details

Sediments in Rivers

CR052 course is not part of any study plan

Explanation of the processes associated with the development of rivers and reservoirs. Presentation of the prediction capabilities of rivers and reservoirs. Introduction to the measures affecting development of rivers and reservoirs.

Course Guarantor

prof. Ing. Jan Šulc, CSc.


Institute of Water Structures

Learning outcomes

Introduction to erosion, transport and sedimentation processes in rivers and reservoirs.
Basic knowledge about sediments in the channel.
Ability to create the study of sediment transport.
Knowledge of issues of the reservoirs sedimentation.


Hydraulics, hydrology, soil mechanics, river regulations and weirs, open channel hydraulics.

Planned educational activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations. Links to the final thesis and the possibility of further professional growth for example in doctoral studies.
Consultations are offered in response to a valid schedule of the teacher and students can also negotiate individually according to the needs and opportunities for students.

Forms and criteria of assessment

Attendance 90%, development of study. Successful completion of written test and oral exam.


Informacion of Bankerosion of reservoir.
Riparian zone reconstruction to minimize uncontrolled scouring propagation.Specification of factors causing generation and propagation of scouring, detailed analysis and process of determination of these factors.

Specification of controlled instruction, the form of instruction, and the form of compensation of the absences

Vymezení kontrolované výuky a způsob jejího provádění stanoví každoročně aktualizovaná vyhláška garanta předmětu.


2 hours/week, 13 weeks, elective

Syllabus of lectures

1. Basic concepts and division.
2. Grain properties, grain size composition in channel.
3. Incipient of grain motion, stability of channel bed and banks, erosion.
4. Sedimentation, sedimentation regimes, influencing factors.
5. Bed load.
6. Suspended load.
7. Measurement of sediment transport.
8. Sediment transport through weirs and drop structures. Methods for regulation of sediment transport.
9. Numerical modelling of sediment transport and channel development.
10. Physical modelling of sediment transport and channel development.
11. Reservoir sedimentation, sediment transport through reservoirs, channel development after dam removal.
12. Stability of reservoir banks.
13. Case studies.


2 hours/week, 13 weeks, compulsory

Syllabus of practice

1. Study specification, data.
2. 1D model - channel geometry.
3. 1D model - channel roughness, boundary conditions, model calibration.
4. 1D model - grain size characteristics of the channel.
5. 1D model - average annual discharge wave, boundary conditions.
6. 1D model - simulation of transport, evaluation of the bed level development.
7. 1D model – insertion of the weir.
8. 1D model - simulation of transport, evaluation of the bed level development.
• 9. 1D model – removal of the weir.
• 10. 1D model - simulation of transport, evaluation of the bed level development.
• 11. Final Report.
• 12. Calculation of the reservoir sedimentation.
• 13. Presentation of the study.