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AE2609 Hydraulic Engineering Systems 7.5 credits

Ersätts av AE2612 fr. o. m HT12

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus AE2609 (Autumn 2010–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Embankment and concrete dams: loads, design, function, stability

Spillways: design and hydraulic computations of overflow weirs, bottom outlets and energy dissipators

Transport of water: technical and economical design of tubes and channels, pump- pipeline analysis and design

Hydraulics: unsteady flow, water hammer, surge waves, mass oscillation and pressure transients in pipes – surge shafts

Erosion: Shields diagram, critical shear stress, design of erosion protection

Hydropower plants: design, hydraulic computation, energy production

River regulation for hydropower, water supply and flood mitigation

Wind generated waves: wave mechanics, computation of wave height

Intended learning outcomes

After the course you should be able to:

-Describe and explain the design principles of embankment and concrete dams and perform stability computations for some of these dam types

  • -Perform hydraulic design of spillways and energy dissipators, channels and
  • tubes and technical-economical optimization of pipes and channels
  • -Make computations for different types of unsteady flow, such as water - hammer, mass oscillations in pipe systems and surge and flood waves
  • - Describe the erosion process and design erosion protection for a channel
  • -Describe and explain the design and hydraulic function of a hydroelectric power plant and compute energy production in hydropower plants
  • -Make computations for river regulation for for hydropower, water supply and flood mitigation

-Describe the mechanics of wind generated waves and make wave height computations

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Documented proficiency in English B or equivalent.

For program students:

AE2608 Engineering Hydrology and Climate or AE1601 Fluid Mechanics for Architecture and Built Environment

For others: 180 credits university studies including at least 35 credits in soil mechanics, structural engineering, hydrology and fluid mechanics.

Recommended prerequisites

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Course compendium available at the Department.

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 - Examination, 4.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Assignments, 3.5 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Written examination (TEN1; 4hp), assignments (ÖVN1;3,5 hp)

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 web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AE2609

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

From Srping 2013, AE2609 replaced by AE2612