AGEN 151 covers the basic concepts of water hydraulics as applied to hydropower generation. The course is introductory in nature and is intended to provide a basic review of fluid static and hydrodynamic conditions as applied to micro- and mini-hydropower generation systems. Focus will be on utilizing the conservation of energy principle to establish the conditions that will impact the selection of a hydropower generation system. Additional focus will be placed on considering the need and the extent of energy that may be harnessed from flowing fluids (water). Instruction in the course will heavily favor the use of spreadsheets and computer software which will enable the student to solve basic and advanced problems without excessive hand computations. The laboratory exercises will emphasize the hands-on approach to demonstrating concepts and will include a review of basic surveying along with coverage of the associated surveying computations.
Prerequisites: MATH 102
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours), spring semester