Environmental and Hydraulic Engineering Laboratory Manual

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Gang Chen, Simeng Li, and Youneng Tang
Softcover, 8.5×11, 100 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60427-137-9
August 2017


This laboratory manual is comprised of 14 laboratory experiments, covering topics of water quality, water treatment, groundwater hydrology, liquid static force, pipe flow, and open channel flow. These experiments are organized with a very logical flow to cover the related topics of environmental and hydraulics engineering within university-level courses.

This state-of-the-art manual is divided into two sections—environmental engineering experiments and hydraulic engineering experiments—with seven experiments for each section. It provides the basic hands-on training for junior-year civil and environmental engineering students.

In each experiment, fundamental theories in the topic area are revisited and mathematic equations are presented to guide practical applications of these theories. Tables, figures, graphs, and schematic illustrations are incorporated into the context to give a better understanding of concept development, experimental design, and data collection and recording. Each experiment ends with discussion topics and questions to help students better understand the content of the experiment.

This manual mainly serves as a textbook for an environmental and hydraulics engineering laboratory course. Professionals and water/wastewater treatment plant managers may also find this manual of value for their daily jobs. In addition, students in related areas can use this manual as a reference and the general public may use it to educate themselves on water quality testing and water flow.

Key Features

 Contains core laboratory experiments for both environmental and hydraulic engineering so one manual can be used for both courses

• Well organized perforated data sheets accompany each experiment to facilitate laboratory reports

• Color graphics help students visualize experiment procedures

• Features a lay-flat spiral bound design for maximum ease of use in the laboratory

About the author(s)

Dr. Gang Chen currently is an associate professor and program coordinator for water resources and environmental engineering at Florida A&M University – Florida State University (FAMU-FSU) College of Engineering.  He finished his Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma in 2002. Before that, he studied at Harbin Institute of Technology and Cornell University. He joined Florida State University in 2005 after working three years as a postdoctoral research associate at Washington State University.  Dr. Chen has been teaching in the area of water resources and environmental engineering for over 10 years. He integrated the Florida State University water resources engineering lab and environmental engineering lab into a single course and developed this essential manual.  He has published over 65 technical journal papers.

Mr. Simeng Li is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. He joined the department in 2016 and started teaching the Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Laboratory ever since.

Dr. Youneng Tang is an assistant professor at Florida State University. He obtained his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2012 and joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of FAMU-FSU College of Engineering in 2015 after working as a postdoctoral research associate at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2012-2015.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Environmental Engineering Experiments


Experiment 1. Turbidity Measurement

Experiment 2. Color Measurement

Experiment 3. Measurement of pH and Alkalinity

Experiment 4. Determination of Residual Chlorine

Experiment 5. Determination of Optimal Coagulant Dosage

Experiment 6. Sedimentation Characteristics

Experiment 7. Physiochemical Water Treatment


Part 2. Hydraulic Engineering Experiments


Experiment 8. Determination of Hydraulic Head, Velocity Head, and Soil Porosity 

Experiment 9. Measurement of Air Pressure in a Closed System 

Experiment 10. Buoyant Force Measurement

Experiment 11. Osborne Reynolds Fluid Flow

Experiment 12. Bernoulli’s Theorem

Experiment 13. Head Loss in Pipes 

Experiment 14. Hydraulic Flume (Open Channel Flow)