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Before choosing course

The course will provide,

- knowledge in measurement and diagnostic methods and sound and vibration generation by machinery,

- training in information retrieval, analysis, compilation, presentation and reporting of information within the area of sound and vibration,

- information about industrial research and development and also an insight into the professional role of the Sound- and Vibration Engineer.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus SD2160 (Autumn 2007–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

a) Analysis of the sound and vibration characteristics of products. Sound and vibration generation in various machines and processes and methods to reduce this. Standards. Legal aspects of noise control. Acoustic planning.

Invited guest-lectures give actual information from different areas within the field of sound and vibration.

b) In addition, the course is based on the activities of the participants and the information given at seminars, industrial visits and written reports.

These activities can be divided into the following parts:

  • Computer-based information retrieval.
  • Practice in analysis and evaluation of technical and scientific reports and presentation of the compiled information.
  • Visits to the industry in order to get information about: Industrial research and development. Insight into cooperation and communication between research and technical development. Insight into the professional role of the sound and vibration engineer.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the participant should be able to

  • explain and communicate how sound and vibrations affect man and material
  • identify and use international standards for measurement and analysis within the sound and vibration field
  • identify, explain and communicate laws and regulations within the fields of sound and vibrations in society
  • explain and communicate sound quality methods applied to products
  • explain and communicate methods to measure and analyze sound and vibration from products like machinery
  • identify, explain and communicate methods to make diagnosis of sound and vibration sources
  • apply scale rules when investigating sources of sound and vibration
  • explain and communicate how sound and vibrations arise in different machinery as electric motors, combustion engines, oil-hydraulic systems, flow machinery and so on
  • explain, communicate and apply methods for vibration testing of products and part systems

Further on, starting from problems, usually from industry or society, be able to

  • discern and formulate a project task
  • make a project plan
  • carry out an information retrieval within the actual area
  • review, and compile information within the area
  • orally and in writing, present the work with demands on content, structure and language

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic courses in Mathematics, Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, MATLAB. Furthermore, the course requires a basic course in Sound and Vibrations corresponding to SD1115 or SD1120.
Preferable also a course in Signal Analysis.
Cooperation with LI1011 Information Retrieval.

Recommended prerequisites

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Compendium, Handbooks, Journal Papers and Reports.

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • SEM1 - Project, 8,0 hp, betygsskala: 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

Passed written exams, attendance to lectures, seminars and industrial visits. Assessment of project work incl. oral and written presentations (SEM1 8 university credits).

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 SD2160

Offered by

SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

SD2306 Railway Systems and Rail Vehicles
SD2222 Vehicle Components


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