|Module consists of the study units|
Module 2, Water Management, consists of several module parts, every part has its own learning objectives. The Module overview is given below:
||Name module element
||Measurements in Fluid Mechanics
||Project Blue Nile
- Learn about the management of natural water systems and the terms that are commonly used in this field.
- Learn about the hydrological, flow, transport and water quality processes in water systems and be able to describe these processes by simple mathematical models.
- Be able to set up, carry out and analyse simple experiments in the field of water engineering taking into account the accuracy of the results.
- Learn about the policy and social aspects related to water management problems, the possible conflicting interests an how to deal with them.
- Be able to develop simple analytical and numerical simulation models for various topics in water management and use these models to support decisions quantitatively.
- Be able to perform an exploratory problem analysis of a water management problem from different angles (technical, societal) making use of the provided knowledge and methods.
- Be able to carry out a project as a member of a team and give a presentation of the outcome of the project.
The module Water Management focuses on the physical and policy aspects of water management. In this module, students get insight in the behavior of different natural water systems and the effects of human interventions on these systems. Students get acquainted with the basic principles of policy processes such that they get insight in how certain objectives related to the management of these (natural) water systems can be realized administratively. An important aspect within the module is that the students learn i) to quantitatively describe and simulate the behavior of a water system with mathematical equations and models and ii) quantify the changes in natural systems by human interventions.
Therefore, the module consist of the following parts:
The project focuses on the design of a dam and management of a reservoir in the Blue Nile in Ethiopia for the purpose of an optimal water distribution among different users. For different scenarios (e.g., meteorological conditions, user criteria) students (in project groups) have to propose a location and design of a dam. In a first exploring phase a Plan of Action needs to be written. After that a problem analysis is carried out aimed at the water management issues in the catchment of the Blue Nile. This is done from different perspectives (technical, societal, administrative), using information about this specific case, computer models (MATLAB) for simulation of the water system dynamics, technical knowledge about fluid mechanics and methods from policy analysis. Next, based on this inventory, students choose an appropriate dam location and design and develop a simulation model (using MATLAB) to optimize the management of the reservoir behind the dam based on the derived criteria and for different scenarios. In this project attention is paid to some specific skills, i.e. modelling in MATLAB and the professional skills project management, information search and oral presentations.
- Mathematics – Calculus
- Fluid Mechanics
- Measurements in Fluid Mechanics (Practical)
- Policy Processes
- Project Blue Nile