Program / Hydraulic
The Hydraulic Engineering Division was founded in 1960, and it was among one of the four major research areas (Structural Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Hydraulic Engineering and Sanitary Engineering) of the Department. In 1972, the Ministry of Education officially approved the establishment of the Hydraulic Engineering Division.
The Division currently has 11 full-time faculty members whose expertise covers a wide variety of disciplines. The major source of research funds is from the projects supported by the National Science Council (NSC). Projects from other hydraulic engineering institutions are also performed. The NSC projects are fundamental academic researches, and the other projects are granted to solve practical problems.
The four major research areas of the Hydraulics Engineering Division are:
hydroscience numerical analysis, hydraulic structures, and sediment movement
rainfall-runoff analysis, hydrological models, and sequence analysis
Water course systems：
water course planning, reservoir operation, and water quality simulation.
asics of fluid dynamics, wave, and porous media flow.
The Division is expected to focus on natural disaster prevention and ecosystem protection. The Division also wants to utilize cross-disciplinary cooperation to integrate and solve land use and water environment protection problems.
The Hydraulic Engineering Division is currently targeting cross-disciplinary research. It is expected that more challenging hydraulic problems can be solved in this manner. Therefore, the Division has adopted a new staff employment strategy to attract talent with cross-disciplinary research ability. In the Civil Engineering Department, there is a hydrology laboratory. We also have a fluid image laboratory and a fluid mechanics laboratory in the Hydrotech Research Institute. In the future, the fluid mechanics laboratory will be set in the civil engineering building to provide sufficient equipments and space for research activities. In addition, many academic, industrial and government projects are conducted in the Hydrotech Research Institute.
Equipments available in this laboratory include: equipments for underground water transport, run-off test equipment, global positioning systems, absorbency characteristics tester, non-saturated permeability coefficient tester, pressure trough, soil moisture meter, water quality monitor, various types of samplers, comprehensive water quality analyzer, remote control water quality & hydro science probe, vibrator, detector, hydrometer, river cross-section tester, flow field imaging instrument, database, and internet server.
Fluid Mechanics Laboratory：
Equipments are available in this laboratory for the following experiments: Pressure center experiment, vortex experiment, jet stream collision experiment, Venturi tube experiment, valve experiment, and weir experiment.
Fluid Image Laboratory：
This laboratory utilizes dyes, tracking agents, 3D imaging, laser display and solid & fluid refractive index technologies to visualize and measure fluid motions and effects. The laboratory has also developed a special imaging analysis algorithm to analyze fluid particle trajectories and quantify fluid surfaces & cross-sections.