#5 H&H Essentials: Hydrostatics and Open Channel Flow

Australian Water School Determine annual exceedance probabilities from historical gauge records

Target Audience

The course is designed to cater for engineers and non-engineers alike, with a range of provided background materials that make the course suitable for both beginners and experienced professionals seeking a refresher for the underlying concepts behind hydrologic and hydraulic modelling applications.


Working in collaboration with industry and academic experts the Australian Water School (AWS) has created the Hydrology and Hydraulics (H&H) Essentials training series, comprised of 8 individual intensive 3-hour courses with each course flowing into the next enabling attendees to build their skills piece by piece through every course. This course is part of the H&H Essentials series (click here to register for the ENTIRE series).

Throughout the course attendees will be shown practical working examples, learning hands-on how to compute fluid pressure at any point, determine buoyant forces, and compute energy gradients.

Take sessions anytime, at your own pace, with unlimited course access for 4 months. Attendees earn CPD hours/points with professional organisations for at least 5 hours per course (therefore 40+ hours for the series).

Key Concepts/Topics

  • Computing pressure in hydrostatic systems
  • Buoyancy and flotation
  • Converting potential energy to kinetic energy
  • Froude Number: Hydraulic jumps
  • Subcritical, critical, and supercritical flow
  • Steady vs. unsteady flow
  • Velocity head and energy gradient

Learning Objectives

In this 3-hour intensive training course, attendees will increase their knowledge of the principles of physics as they relate to hydrostatics and basic fluid dynamics. On completion of the course attendees will understand:

  • How to determine the pressure on a dam or submerged structure
  • How to convert potential energy (head) to kinetic energy (velocity)
  • How to determine flow regime and location of a hydraulic jump
  • How to compute energy gradient in open channel flow