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AF2404 Building Acoustics 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AF2404 (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Building acoustics, Basic acoustic definitions and fundamental concept. Quantification and analysis of sound. Physiological effects caused by noise. Sound transmission, sound absorption and sound insulation. Sound pulses, flanking transmission. Traffic noise. Sound propagation outdoors. Sound insulation in multi-family housing. Sound propagation in space. Impact noise and airborne sound insulation.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the students should be able to:

·         Describe the physiological effects caused by noise.

·         Define basic acoustic definitions.

·         Describe how sounds are quantified and are analysed.

·         Explain basic principles of sound transmission, sound absorption and sound insulation.

·         Calculate sound insulation in dwelling houses.

·         Carry out traffic noise calculations.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Documented knowledge in Building Materials and Building Physics, 15 ECTS corresponding to the content in courses AF1301 and AF1402.

Eng B/6 according to the Swedish upper secondary school system.

Recommended prerequisites

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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, 5.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 2.5 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.

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

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Course web AF2404

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Main field of study

Built Environment

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Magnus Wålinder