SD2111 Engineering Acoustics 6.0 credits

Teknisk akustik

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Mechanical Engineering
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

Autumn 18 Doktorand for single courses students

  • Periods

    Autumn 18 P1 (6.0 credits)

  • Application code


  • Start date


  • End date


  • Language of instruction


  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time


  • Form of study


  • Number of places *

    Max. 1

    *) If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

  • Course responsible

    Mats Åbom <>

  • Teacher

    Hans Bodén <>

    Leping Feng <>

    Mats Åbom <>

  • Target group

    For doctoral students at KTH.

Intended learning outcomes

The course aims at presenting the fundamental ideas and theories necessary to understand and analyse elastic wave phenomena in fluid or solid media. The course also gives an introduction to signal analysis and measurement techniques as well as human reponse to sound and vibration. The goal is to give the student a good understanding of the theory and illustrate important applications ranging from design of consert halls to quite vehicles and low noise fans.

After the course students should be able to:

  • Describe fundamental concepts of engineering noise and vibration, measurement techniques and instruments. Explain the effect of noise and vibrations on humans and equipment.
  • Apply Fourier analysis to solve coupled differential equations, calculate the frequency content of periodic and transient signals and implement this knowledge to analyse mechanical systems. Describe methods to distinguish between linear and non-linear mechanical systems.
  • Understand the physical foundations and the mathematical models of sound waves in fluids and solids, wave propagation, transmission, reflection and radiation and understand how to apply these models to sound and vibration problems in mechanical and vehicle engineering.

Course main content

  • Theory for elastic waves in fluids and solids
  • Human response to sound and vibration
  • Fourier methods, linear systems and frequency response functions
  • Vibration isolation
  • Vibrations in beams and plates
  • Spherical and cylindrical sound waves
  • Energy methods and room acoustics
  • Flow Acoustics
  • Sound in ducts and mufflers
  • Measurement methods

Two measurement exercises are included in the course.


LAB1 - Measurement Course, 0.5 credits, grade scale: P, F

TEN1 - Written theory examination, 3.0 credits, grade scale: P, F

TEN2 - Witten problem examination, 2.5 credits, grade scale: P, F


BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar.


Sound and Vibration, course book available from the department.


  • LAB1 - Measurement Course, 0.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Exam 1, 3.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Exam 2, 2.5, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

Written theory examination (TEN1, 3 university credits), Written poblem solving examination (TEN2, 2.5 university credits). Approved measurement exercises (LAB1, 0.5 university credits)

Offered by

SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering


Mats E G Åbom


Mats Åbom <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2012.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2011.