Hydraulic Infrastructures

Institution: DICAR (UNIPV)

Major: HYRIS

Term: 1st Semester – Academic Year 2018-2019

Instructor: Enrico Creaco (creaco@unipv.it)

CFU: 6


Duration: to be set

Schedule: to be set

Office hours: Wednesday/Friday 9-13 AM



The main objective of the course is to introduce students to the basic theories and methods of urban water systems, that is water supply and sewer systems. The course will be made up of three parts. The first will provide the students with the main notions related to the design and analysis of water distribution systems. The second will be dedicated to the design and analysis of sewer systems. In the third part, the risk and vulnerability in Urban Water Systems will be dealt with.



Water Distribution systems: 1 – demand characterization and tank design; surge tanks; 2 – design and simulation of water adduction mains; 3 – problems of rapidly varied flow; 4 – network resolution; 5 – network optimal design. Sewer Systems: 1 – water drainage outside the channels: gutters and downpipes for rainwaters; 2 – domestic waste waters; 3 – operation and design of sewer inlets; 4 – networks of sewer channels: design and operation; 5 – devices for improving the operational efficiency of sewer networks. Risk and Vulnerability in Urban Water Systems: 1 – concepts of resilience and robustness; 2 – pipe breaks and segment isolations; 3 – tips for increasing network reliability; 4 – quality simulation in water distribution systems; 5 – mitigation of the risk connected with contaminant intrusion into water distribution systems.


Basic knowledge of Hydraulics and Hydraulic Infrastructures


  1. Butler, and J. Davies (2011). Urban Drainage. Spon Press, 625 pp.
  2. W. Mays (2011). Water Resources Engineering. John Wiley & Sons, 890 pp.

T.M. Walski, D. Chase, D. Savic, W. Grayman, S. Beckwith, and E. Koelle (2003). Advanced water distribution modelling and management. Haestad, Waterbury, CT, 702 pp.



Assignments will be handed over and graded during the course. The final examination will consist of a 2/3 hour long written test. The final-exam format is closed-book. An equation-sheet will be provided if needed. Students will be admitted to the final exam based on a satisfactory performance in the assignment.