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AE1603 Fluid Mechanics for Energy and Built Environment 5.0 credits

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Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students


Luigia Brandimarte


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AE1603 (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Fluids: fundamental concepts

Fluid properties, Pressure, Surface tension, Viscosity.

Fluids at rest: Hydrostatics 

Pascal law, Stevino law, Manometers, Force on submerged plane surface, Force on submerged curved surface.

Fluids in motion: Dynamics

The continuity equation, The Euler’s equation, The Bernoulli Equation, The momentum equation.

Fluids in conduits: Pressure flow

Laminar and turbulent flows in pipes, Reynolds number, Darcy-Weisbach equation, Moody chart (distributed head losses), Minor (local) head losses, Flow/machine energy exchange.

Fluids in rivers: open channel flow

Uniform flow, Non uniform flow, Specific energy, Flow regimes, Hydraulic jump, Water surface profiles.

Intended learning outcomes

Describe and explain fundamental concepts and phenomena within fluid mechanics and technical thermodynamics and derive some fundamental equations.

Solve problems regarding hydrostatics, steady flow in pipes and open channels, forces caused by fluids in motion.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic knowledge of mathematics and physics corresponding to the content of the courses:

SF1625 Calculus in One Variable (7.5 credits)

SF1626 Calculus in Several Variables (7.5 credits)

and a minimun of 3 credits completed in course SG1102 Mechanics, Smaller Course (6 credits)

Recommended prerequisites

SF1633 Differential Equations I or equivalent course.


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Introduktion to fluidmechanics, Fox and McDonald’s, Wiley, 8th edition

Föreläsningsmaterial och övningar i strömningsmekanik kommer att tillhandahållas.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Written Exam, 3.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Allowable aids at examination:

Formulas in fluid mechanics will be provided.


Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

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Education cycle

First cycle

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Luigia Brandimarte