Hydraulics has a reputation for being a complex, even intimidating, discipline. Put simply, hydraulics is the study of how water and similar fluids behave and can be harnessed for practical use. It is one of the fundamental scientific and engineering subjects and many professions demand a working knowledge of its basic concepts. "Practical Hydraulics 2nd Edition" approaches the subject from basic principles and demonstrates how these are applied in practice, without the need for the reader to have a strong engineering or mathematical background. It is clearly written, and includes many illustrations and examples. It appeals to undergraduate students and a wide range of professionals needing an introduction to the subject.
Melvyn Kay, formerly Senior Lecturer in Hydraulics and Irrigation at Cranfield University, UK, currently practices as a consultant in irrigation water management.