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ES4D6 River Mixing

  • Module code: ES4D6
  • Module name: River Mixing
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to provide an insight and understanding of the physical processes contributing the overall mixing of soluble material within rivers. The module therefore contributes to a student's broader understanding of the impact of engineering on the environment.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: demonstrate an understanding of fluid mechanics applied to the dynamics of solute transport within environmental hydraulics; apply robust engineering approximations to the solution of complex environmental challenges; identify the scientific basis for predictions of solute mixing and transport, including travel time, delayed storage and the effects of transverse mixing; appreciate the likely influence of such predictions upon design methodology, on legislation relating to the natural environment, on needs for engineering activity and on professional responsibility; perform laboratory and field tests to study mixing processes and develop spreadsheet models to describe the processes.

Timetabled teaching activities

Autumn. This module includes 20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars/Tutorials Assessment.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES4D6-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Field Work Report 20%
  3 hour examination (Summer) 80%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • MEng Engineering (H10K) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10M) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering with Year in Research (H110) - Year 5
  • Postgraduate Sustainable Energy Technologies (H1A0) - Year 2
  • MEng Civil Engineering with Year in Research (H213) - Year 5