Content and learning outcomes
The course covers all aspects of classical acoustics with focus on sound propagation in fluids. The fundamental equations of continuum mechanics are first derived, and from this the equations governing classical acoustics are derived. In particular, scattering at interfaces between media with different properties and from solid bodies is discussed. Acoustic waves generated and scattered from vibration bodies with rigid and impedance boundary conditions are covered. Methods for low and high frequency solutions are introduced such as multipole expansion for low frequencies and ray methods for high frequency acoustics. The Kirchhoff- Helmholtz equation is derived and applied to scattering and diffraction problems. The effect of viscous and thermal losses and molecular relaxation processes are addressed.
Intended learning outcomes
Students graduating from the course should:
- Have knowledge about the division of acoustics as a scientific field and the historical development of acoustics.
- Be able to derive the classical wave equation and understand underlying assumptions and limitations.
- Have knowledge about concepts and methods for describing and analysing acoustic fields.
- Be able to apply multipole-expansion methodology and understand the character and importance of lower order point sources (monopole, dipole, quadrupole).
- Be able to derive the Kirchhoff-Helmholtz integral and understand its applications.
- Understand the reciprocity principle and the influence of different types of boundaries in the source region.
- Have knowledge about different relaxation processes and related non-linear dissipation of sound.
Literature and preparations
Masters degree in mechanical engineering, vehicle engineering, engineering physics or equivalent. Documented knowledge of English corresponding to English B / English 6.
Acoustics - An introduction to its physical principles and applications, A.D. Pierce
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- SEM1 - Seminars, 4.0 credits, grading scale: G
- TEN1 - Exam, 5.0 credits, grading scale: G
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
Participation in course seminars, assignments, and oral exam.
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- 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 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 FSD3130