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Applied hydralics 7.5 credits

Tillämpad hydraulik
First cycle, V0012B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Urban Water Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and F0004T Physics 1 or similar course

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
After the course the student should be able to:
1. Calculate hydrostatic pressure on basic constructions under water
2. Describe and apply the fundamental laws in hydraulics
3. Identify and solve hydraulic problems for liquid flow in pipes
4. Describe sprinkler systems and other pressurised water systems which are parts of fire protection systems in buildings and society and be able to explain the principles of dimensioning of these systems
5. Describe the systems for potable water and wastewater and be able to explain the function of its components
6. Identify risks and safety aspects concerning the urban water system and the connection to civil protection. 

The course is divided into three parts which aim at giving basic knowledge in hydraulics as well as two applications: sprinkler systems and urban water and sanitation systems. Further aims are to increase the understanding how these systems affect each other in relation to the civil protection and operation of the urban water and sanitation systems.

• In the hydraulics part, basic knowledge in hydraulic concepts and laws such as state of flows, equation of continuity, momentum and energy equation are given as well as pipe flows, head losses, friction losses, and pumps and pipe dimensioning.

• Within the area of society’s water fire protection systems, basic knowledge of sprinkler systems in buildings (design and function) and supply of fire extinguishing water and fire hydrants, are the focus in this course.

• Within the area of the urban water and sanitation systems, basic knowledge about pipe systems, waste water treatment, drinking water reservoirs, production and distribution, and storm water systems are given. Furthermore, pollutant transport via these systems and associated risks connected to civil protection and the operation of urban water and sanitation systems. 

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The three parts of the course will be realized according to the following:

• Through lectures and reading the course literature basic theoretical knowledge in hydraulics is obtained. Exercises during class and individual practice will help the student to learn how to carry out calculations. Furthermore, there are two mandatory laboratory exercises (moment 0010) when the theoretical part is put in to practice.

• Through lectures and reading the course literature basic knowledge about sprinkler systems, their design and functioning, are obtained. Included is also the assignment concerning calculations of a sprinkler system design which is carried out in groups and presented in a written report (item 0002). In order to obtain a broader understanding, a mandatory visit to study a sprinkler system is included (item 0003).

• Through lectures and reading the course literature, basic theoretical knowledge of the urban water system and how this is related to and dependent on the civil protection is obtained as well as pollution transport via the urban water systems. Comprehensive descriptions of supply of fire extinguishing water with fire hydrants and sprinkler systems is also included. A mandatory seminar concerning risk and safety aspects of the urban water system will be held (item 0004) 

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.
To pass this course, all items of the examination have to be passed. The final grade is obtained by calculating the credit weighed average from the grade of items 0002, 0007 and 0009. Fulfilments of the course aims 1-3 is tested by written examination (item 0007) and also include two laboratory exercises (item 0006). Fulfilments of course aim 4 is tested by a calculation assignment (item 0002) as wells as active participation in a study visit and the associated lecture (0003), course aim 5 and 6 are tested by written examination (item 0008) and seminar (item 0004). In the case that the student does not participate in any the scheduled study visits, it may be carried out any other time the course is given, if there are vacancies available. In the case that the student does not participate in one or more of the scheduled lab occasions, it may be carried out any other time the lab is given, if there are vacancies available.

Transition terms

Helene Österlund

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
S. Häggström och M Bondelind ”Hydraulik för samhällsbyggnad” Upplaga 2 från 2018, ISBN 9789147113446
V. Lidström "Vårt Vatten" (utgåva 2, 2020) utgiven av Svenskt vatten AB. Tidigare upplagor av ”Vårt vatten” går också bra.
Alfredsson och C.-H. ”Carlsson Räddningstjänst och miljö” utgiven av Räddningsverket (2006) ISBN: 91-7253-280-7. Gratis att ladda ner.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0002TaskG U 3 4 51.80MandatoryA08
0003Study visitU G#0.50MandatoryA08
0004SeminarU G#0.70MandatoryA08
0007Written examG U 3 4 53.00MandatoryA12
0009Short written examG U 3 4 51.00MandatoryA21
0010Laboratory workU G#0.50MandatoryA21

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 plan is established by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2008-01-22 and is valid from H08.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 17 Feb 2021