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Water Resources Engineering, 2nd Edition

Water Resources Engineering, 2nd Edition

Larry W. Mays

ISBN: 978-0-470-57416-4

Aug 2010

928 pages



With a remarkable range and depth of coverage, Professor Mays; internationally recognised for his highly acclaimed textbooks and work in the field; presents a straight forward, easy to understand presentation of hydraulic and hydrologic processes using the control volume approach. These processes are then extended into practical applications for water use and water excess, including water distribution systems, stormwater control, and flood storage systems.

Water Resources Engineering is a textbook that can be used for the first undergraduate courses in hydraulics, hydrology, or water resources engineering and for upper level undergraduate and graduate courses in water resources engineering design. This text is also intended as a reference for practicing hydraulic engineers, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, environmental engineers, and hydrologists.


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Chapter 1 Introduction.

Chapter 2 Water Resources Sustainability.

Chapter 3 Hydraulic Processes: Flow and Hydrostatic Forces.

Chapter 4 Hydraulic Processes: Pressurized Pipe Flow.

Chapter 5 Hydraulic Processes: Open-Channel Flow.

Chapter 6 Hydraulic Processes: Groundwater Flow.

Chapter 7 Hydrologic Processes.

Chapter 8 Surface Runoff.

Chapter 9 Reservoir and Stream Flow Routing.

Chapter 10 Probability, Risk, and Uncertainty Analysis for Hydrologic and Hydraulic Design.

Chapter 11 Water Withdrawals and Uses.

Chapter 12 Water Distribution.

Chapter 13 Water for Hydroelectric Generation.

Chapter 14 Flood Control.

Chapter 15 Stormwater Control: Storm Sewers and Detention.

Chapter 16 Stormwater Control: Street and Highway Drainage and Culverts.

Chapter 17 Design of Spillways and Energy Dissipation for Flood Control Storage and Conveyance Systems.

Chapter 18 Sedimentation and Erosion Hydraulics.

Chapter 19 Water Resources Management for Sustainability.

Appendix A Newton–Raphson Method.

Finding the Root for a Single Nonlinear Equation.

Application to Solve Manning's Equation for Normal Depth.

Finding the Roots of a System of Nonlinear Equations.



•     New Chapter 2 “Water Resources Sustainability”

  • New Chapter 19 “Water Resources: Management for Sustainability”
  • Added to Chapter 5 on “Hydraulic Processes”:
    • Slope-Area Method
    • Direct step Method
  • Added to Chapter 10 on “Probability, Risk, and Uncertainty Analysis…”:
    • Gumbel (Extreme Value Type I) Distribution
    • Frequency Factor Equation
    • Application of log-Pearson III Distribution
    • Extreme Value Distribution
  • New example on pumps and pseudo loops in Chapter 12 (section 12.6.3)


Many new end-of-chapter problems have been added.

  • Material is presented from first principles in a rigorous fashion - Basic principles (continuity, energy, momentum) are all based upon a control volume approach, which provides a natural way for students to be introduced to concepts in hydrology and hydraulics.

•     Text is design oriented - No other water resources or hydraulics books are as design oriented. The design problems are presented in detail and are relevant to the practice of hydrology, hydraulics and water resources. Design procedures outlined in the text are consistent with government design procedures.

•     Examples are real world based - Example problems and solutions help the student to hone their problem-solving skills. Practice problems at the end of each chapter offer the opportunity for students to apply the concepts they have learned.

•     Wide coverage of topics- Provides a complete picture of water resources engineering by integrating the fundamental concepts of fluid mechanics, hydraulics, hydrology, and water resources. Text also includes a quick review of basic fluid concepts and the control volume approach to fluid mechanics.