Course Details

Physical modelling in water management

DRB026 course is part of 4 study plans

Ph.D. full-t. program DPC-V compulsory-elective Winter Semester 2nd year 8 credits

Ph.D. combi. program DKC-V compulsory-elective Winter Semester 2nd year 8 credits

Ph.D. full-t. program DPA-V compulsory-elective Winter Semester 2nd year 8 credits

Ph.D. combi. program DKA-V compulsory-elective Winter Semester 2nd year 8 credits

The course present theory, methods and tools of physical modelling research in connection to needs of mathematical model of hydrodynamic phenomenons. Examples of selected complicated flow structures at particular sites. Types of hydrodynamic models on different testing cycles, overview of applied measuring and evaluation techniques.

Course Guarantor

prof. Ing. Jan Šulc, CSc.


Institute of Water Structures

Learning outcomes

The course expands the knowledge in the field of hydraulics and physics. The goal is to obtain an overview of the current state of the measurement methods and techniques used for modeling the flow on the scale of the hydraulic structures. The doctoral student will be after graduation able to make a draft procedure for model tests of flow on or within a complex of hydraulic structures.


Mathematics, physics, special courses of water management specialization.


Basics of metrology, steel and concrete structures in water engineering.

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.

Forms and criteria of assessment

The exam contains a written test and an oral part.


Students gain knowledge of theory of hydrodynamic phenomenons modelling including possible reduction of similitude scale. Overview of application of modern measuring techniques including contactless methods (laser, ultrasonic) for identification of flow structure. The measuring technology will be introduced to students in laboartory.

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.


3 hours/week, 13 weeks, elective

Syllabus of lectures

1. Theory of similitude of hydrodynamic phenomenon.
2. Hydraulic research methods, types of cycles.
3.–4. Measuring and evaluation devices.
5.–6. Modelling research of pressure systems.
7.–8. Modelling research of river courses.
8.–10. Modelling research of operational structures of dams.
11.–12. Research on unsteady processes, rotating and moving environment.
13. Measuring in sites.