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136 Hydrodynamic Considerations

Part 12. Open-Channel Flow

  1. Walter H Graf,
  2. Mustafa S Altinakar

Published Online: 15 APR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470848944.hsa143

Encyclopedia of Hydrological Sciences

Encyclopedia of Hydrological Sciences

How to Cite

Graf, W. H. and Altinakar, M. S. 2006. Hydrodynamic Considerations. Encyclopedia of Hydrological Sciences. 12:136.

Author Information

  1. Laboratoire de Recherches Hydrauliques, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale, Lausanne, Switzerland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2006


The equations of continuity and of energy are developed for the general case. Subsequently, the specific energy, a concept useful for the understanding of different problems, is introduced.


  • open-channel flow;
  • equation of continuity;
  • equation of energy;
  • specific energy