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Water turbine 7.5 credits

Second cycle, F7017T
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Fluid Mechanics
Subject group (SCB)
Engineering Physics
Main field of study
Mechanical Engineering

Entry requirements

M0013M Mathematics , F7016T Advanced Fluid Mechanics, F0031T Hydromechanics or equivalent

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
After completing the course, the student will be able to
  • Describe and explain the main hydraulic turbines (Pelton, Francis, Kaplan), their components and methods to characterize them.
  • Describe and explain the main fluid related flow phenomena appearing in hydraulic turbines and scale-up formula.
  • Determine and analyze the efficiency map of a hydraulic turbines.
  • Apply methods and analyze results to determine and design the hydraulic flow passage of hydraulic turbine (Francis, Kaplan) comprising spiral, distributor, runner, draft tube.
  • Develop the ability to collaborate with other people in a project and laboratory environment.
  • Communicate results of calculation and experiments and present results obtained in written and oral form.

The course deals with basic methods for designing hydraulic turbines of Francis and Kaplan types. In the course, students use the computer tool Matlab to dimension and represent turbine components and efficiency map.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The teaching takes place in the form of lectures, lessons, laboratory work and eventual visit. Laboratory work is a compulsory part.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Written exam with differentiated grades. For final grades, approved project and laboratory work is required.  Exam: 40% Laboratory work: 30% Project: 30%.

Transition terms
The course F7017T corresponds to the course MTM168.

Michel Cervantes

Transition terms
The course F7017T is equal to MTM168

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1
Literature C: R. Hothersa, Hydrodynamic design guide for small Francis and propeller turbine,
Literature D: ESHA, Guide on How to Develop a Small Hydropower Plant

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0002Laboratory workG U 3 4 52.20MandatoryA07
0003ProjectG U 3 4 52.20MandatoryA07
0004Written examG U 3 4 53.10MandatoryA21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
The syllabus was established by the Department of Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering 2007-02-28, and remains valid from autumn 2007.

Last revised
by Head Faculty Programme Director Niklas Lehto 17 Feb 2021