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River Mechanics


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Preface; Notation; 1. Physical properties; 2. Mechanics of rivers; 3. River basins; 4. River basin dynamics; 5. Steady flow in rivers; 6. Unsteady flow in rivers; 7. Mathematical river models; 8. Hillslope and revetment stability; 9. River bank protection; 10. River equilibrium; 11. River dynamics; 12. Physical river models; 13. Stream restoration; 14. River engineering; 15. River estuaries; Bibliography; Index.

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Completely updated and with three new chapters, this analysis of river dynamics is invaluable for advanced students, researchers and practitioners.

About the Author

Pierre Y. Julien is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. He has 35 years of professional engineering experience in the fields of hydraulics and river sedimentation. Dr Julien has authored more than 500 scientific contributions including two textbooks (the first edition of River Mechanics (Cambridge, 2002), and Erosion and Sedimentation (second edition, Cambridge, 2010), 25 book chapters and manuals, 185 refereed journal articles, and 230 professional presentations and conference papers. He has delivered 20 keynote addresses and guided more than 130 graduate students to completion of their engineering degrees. He is the recipient of the Hans Albert Einstein Award of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), delivered the Hunter Rouse Lecture of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (ASCE) in 2015, and is a former editor for the ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering.


'This elegantly written book covers the major topics associated with water flow and sediment transport in rivers. It thoughtfully guides readers through descriptions and formulations of key physical processes, and offers many illustrations and worked examples to aid understanding. The book is a comprehensive companion to the author's book Erosion and Sedimentation, which focuses on alluvial sediment transport in rivers.' Robert Ettema, Colorado State University
'As an engineering professional facing the challenges of sediment transport, I found the new edition of River Mechanics to be a great reference and a very useful resource. Its presentation of material has been substantially revised and expanded, including several new chapters. I especially liked the expanded treatment of watershed processes and new material on stream restoration. River Mechanics stands on its own and is even more useful in tandem with Pierre Julien's other book Erosion and Sedimentation as its companion. Having been familiar with the first edition from my days in graduate school, this new edition will undoubtedly prove to be an indispensable resource for students and practitioners alike.' Mark Velleux, HDR, Inc.
'A book in river engineering taking the interested reader from its sources to the estuary, painted with concise problem statements and solved by adequate engineering methods and techniques. Professor Julien's second edition can be fully recommended to graduate students, researchers and practicing engineers in the fields of river basins, river mechanics, river flows, river stability, river equilibrium, river models, and river restoration. Professor Julien should be praised for his integral approach, his technical formulation and his updated presentation involving both problems in practice and exercises of the complicated topic.' Willi Hager, Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich
'A rare must-read on modern river mechanics that covers the subject not only comprehensively and rigorously but also inspirationally. The author's philosophy 'from observations to physical understanding to mathematical modelling and numerical simulations' underpins every topic in the book, making it very clear and complete. Undoubtedly, this text will quickly become a benchmark source equally important to students, engineers and researchers. It will also be noteworthy to geoscientists and stream ecologists working at the borders between their disciplines and engineering. A genuine pleasure to read!' Vladimir Nikora, FRSE, University of Aberdeen
'Like its predecessor, the second edition of Julien's River Mechanics is one of the best books on river morphology to introduce graduate students to the complex interaction between flow and sediment in rivers and subsequent river behaviour. The problems at the end of each chapter help students to digest the complicated learning material provided and challenge teachers to develop similar assignments. The book has a wide coverage, including an introduction into stream restoration and elements of river engineering. The extensive list of references encourages further reading and will be useful for all those interested in broadening their knowledge on the topic.' Gerrit J. Klaassen, Former Specialist Delft Hydraulics/Ass Prof IHE Delft and presently Consultant for River Engineering and Environment

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