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Teaching: Irrigation and drainage

Degree CourseDegree course in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences [L-25] D. M. 270/2004
CurriculumVERDE ORNAMENTALE - Regulations 2014
PrerequisitesInformation currently not available - Italian version
Assessment methods

Oral exam

Examinations' grades statistics

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Examinations' dates

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Recommended optional coursesInformation currently not available - Italian version
LecturerFrancesca TODISCO
TypeActivities in similar or in additional educational areas
AreaAffini ed integrative
Implementation proceduresConventional
Course content

The course is aimed at
- Provide adequate basic knowledge of hydrology and hydraulic function of irrigation and drainage in the planning and design and testing of irrigation and drainage systems;
- Describe and analyze the criteria and techniques of irrigation and drainage planning, design / verification / compliance and facilities management.

Planning of irrigation and drainage - Water cycle (global), earthly phase, key processes, the formation of precipitation, runoff. Equation of water balance (evaporation, transpiration, precipitation, interception, infiltration, runoff and shallow subsurface, capillary rise), with special attention to the extent and the formation of precipitation. Data processing. Return time. Analysis of extreme events. The environmental monitoring networks. Simulation models of the processes of evapotranspiration.
Hydrostatic and hydrodynamic phenomena (signs) - The fluids. Internal stresses in liquids at rest. Distribution of hydrostatic pressure. Equation in the form of static indefinite and global. Kinematics and dynamics of liquids. Typical elements of motion and movement patterns. Continuity equation. Uniform motion of the real currents of fluid under pressure. Free surface currents. Calculation of design and verification of long pipelines.
The water in the soil - soil water relations. Deficit and excess water in agricultural land. Models for the preparation of water balance (and not irrigated) for estimating the soil water content. Irrigation requirements. Irrigation parameters. Irrigation efficiency.
Patterns of irrigation systems - sources of supply. Supply and distribution systems. Distribution networks under pressure. Schemes systems watered. Criteria for water distribution. Techniques and tools for the watered: Irrigation and localized. Uniformity of distribution locations, choice of sprinklers. Criteria for selection of irrigation. Statutory management of irrigation. Choice of route of the pipeline.
Patterns of drainage systems. Criteria for propagation of the steady state and transient drainage. Materials and construction techniques


Hydrological Cycle.
Outlines of hydrostatics and hydrodinamics.
Hydrostatics and hydrodinamics in the soil.
Irrigation Systems. Irrigation methods. Design and operation of irrigation systems.
Drainage Systems. Drainage methods. Design and operation of drainage systems

Mode of delivery

Starting from the operational and functional aspects of the discipline, anchoring aspects of the technical applications, the course investigates the correlates conceptual and methodological aspects. At the same time a case study will be developped.

Recommended reading

FALCIAI M., Appunti di Idraulica Agraria (Teoria e Tecnica dell'Irrigazione), CUSL, Firenze
CAPRA A. SCICOLONE B., Progettazione e gestione degli Impianti irrigui, Hoepli
LUIGI GIARDINI, Drenaggio tubolare sotterraneo, Edagricole

Learning outcomes

Knowledge (to know):
- Knowing how to define qualitative and quantitative data necessary for preparation / verification irrigation and drainage systems
- Knowledge and retrieve the necessary data
- Knowledge of the process and of the data required to determine the variables needed
- Know the rules of interpretation of the data and variables
- Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of different types of systems in specific application conditions
- Know the basic elements of the hydrology necessary for irrigation and drainage
- Know the elements of hydraulic required to project and to operate an irrigation and drainage system
- Know the criteria for irrigation scheduling
- Know the criteria for design and verification of an irrigation and drainage
- Know the criteria for management of an irrigation and drainage

Skills (skills):
- Knowing how to obtain the basic data
- Knowing how to interpret the data available
- Knowing how to process the data available
- Knowing how to choose the system best suited to specific application
- Knowing how to identify the critical points of a system
- Provide guidance on the management of the systems

Behaviors (interpersonal skills)
- To have acquired communication and interpersonal skills to work in group
- Having acquired the skills to operate in an interdisciplinary field

Teaching period

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Teaching calendar

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Teaching supportInformation currently not available - Italian version
Teaching languageItalian

Optional but recommended


DSA3, Borgo XX Giugno 74
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Individual study
Integration to teaching activity
Francesca TODISCO
PeriodI semester
NotesInformation currently not available - Italian version
Consulting hours
Orario di Ricevimento:

Martedì 14:00-16:00

Consulting location

Research unit: Agricultural and forestry Hydraulic, Dipartment of Agricultural, Food and Environmental sciences (DSA3)

Borgo XX Giugno, 74

06121 Perugia

ECTS code2014 - 1626

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