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PROCEEDINGS OF THE FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING COMPUTING
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
HYPOL - A Computer Aid for Teaching Hydraulic Design
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Queensland, Australia
L.T. Isaacs, "HYPOL - A Computer Aid for Teaching Hydraulic Design", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Civil and Structural Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 319-322, 1989. doi:10.4203/ccp.9.21.1
A problem that confronts all engineering educators is finding an appropriate balance between teaching fundamentals and practical applications. One solution to this problem, provided by the general availability of computers to students, is the use of Problem Oriented Languages, POLs, that relieve students of the time consuming computations required in repetitive design calculations but requires them to control the solution procedure.
The paper describes the FORTRAN program HYPOL, a POL. developed for hydraulic design calculations. It provides an efficient computational tool for calculations based on the fundamentals of open channel hydraulics (continuity, specific energy and momentum) but also includes options such as backwater calculations and reservoir routing. Application to a typical design problem is described.
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