Hydraulic Engineering chair deals with investigation and description of water flow to help solving research and professional problems in civil engineering and water resources engineering. In addition, it deals with the design of water infrastructures for various uses such as irrigation and hydropower engineering.
The chair offers courses to undergraduate besides graduate students in civil engineering and water resources engineering at the Faculty of Civil and Water Resources Engineering.
The courses that are being administered under the Hydraulic Engineering Chair are Hydraulics I, Hydraulics II, Open Channel Hydraulics, Hydraulic Structures I, Hydraulic Structures II, River Engineering, Hydropower Engineering, Irrigation Engineering I, and Irrigation Engineering II.
There is one graduate program leading to MScin Hydraulic Engineering. Graduate level courses that are under the Hydraulic Engineering Chair includes design and analysis of embankment dams, computational hydraulics, hydraulic structures I, sediment transport mechanics, hydropower engineering, hydraulic engineering design, hydraulic structures II.
Graduate program leading to M Scin Irrigation Engineering is being planned to start from September 2015.
Research and community services
The chair has so far offered professional trainings and consultancy works for various organizations such as the training on “Design, Supervision and Contract Administration of Small Scale Irrigation Schemes” for various professionals from all over Ethiopia. Apart from this the chair is known for coordinating these kinds of consultancy works.Under the chair research work in the following fields are being conducted: hydraulic and flood modeling, sediment transport in rivers, geomorphology of river channels, modeling and analysis of scour depth in bridges and other river engineering infrastructures, sustainable design of river engineering infrastructures, benchmarking and performance assessment of irrigation systems, reservoir sedimentation studies, failure analysis of various hydraulic structures.
There is Hydraulics Laboratory fully equipped with multitude of facilities including a 10 m long multi-purpose teaching research flume. We have also a much wider sedimentation tank that is being used for various researches related with sediment transport in rivers. The lab possessesfield scale equipment’s as well. Graduate students are, at the moment, using some of the equipment for their research.