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Introduction to Highway Hydraulics

Vincent D. Reynolds, MBA, PE

The utilization of hydraulics is essential to design safe, efficient and economical highways. Highway hydraulic structures convey water from the highway right-of-way. Drainage appurtenances that are placed along the highway include culverts, inlets, catch basins, closed conduit systems, ditches and gutters.

This course will cover the hydraulic and hydrologic design techniques for small watersheds that are routinely encountered in highway drainage. Subjects such as rainfall intensity, overland flow, open-channel flow, and culvert hydraulics will be covered. Other subjects will be introduced such as, energy dissipation, construction and erosion control.

This course is based on the document “Introduction to Highway Hydraulics,” published on the website of the Federal Highway Administration.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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