SD1120 Noise and Vibration Control 9.0 credits

Ljud och vibrationer

  • Education cycle

    First cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Spring 20 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

The course aims to provide the fundamentals of engineering noise and vibration – basic principles and phenomena, analysis methods and control techniques to engineer quieter and less-vibrating vehicles, machines, products, operations and environment.

By the end of this course, students should be able to identify and examine real noise and vibration issues in general; specify and analyse the sources and propagation of sound and vibration, define and evaluate alternative solutions and suggest measures to solve noise and vibration problems.

In detail, the 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. Give an overview of the international standards, laws and regulations in the field.
  • Apply their knowledge in mechanics to develop lumped mass models of continuous systems and derive corresponding equations of motion and, using knowledge in mathematics, mathematically represent and calculate solutions. 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.
  • Describe the physical foundations of mathematical models of sound waves in fluids and solids, wave propagation, transmission and reflection. Calculate important parameters, such as wave speed in different media and natural frequencies and modes for enclosures and solid structures. Describe different mechanisms of structural damping, suggest and implement suitable experimental methods to determine loss factor in structures.
  • Explain the physical foundations of statistical room acoustics. Apply mathematical models and experimental methods to define sound propagation, transmission and interaction in rooms, compartments and cabins.
  • Identify, describe and analyse physical phenomena that generate sound and vibration in mechanical systems; apply mathematical models to analyse sound and vibration generation.
  • Explain the fundamental mechanisms of vibration isolation, apply different solutions and calculate design parameters.
  • Explain different methods to control sound propagation in ducts; evaluate the need for sound attenuation and design mufflers for different applications.
  • Make use of MATLAB as an effective calculation aid.

Course main content

Theory: Fundamental concepts and measurement technique. The effects of noise and vibrations on humans and equipment. Mathematical methods. The wave equation and its solutions in fluids. Reflections, transmissions and standing waves. The wave equations and their solutions in solids. Energy methods and room acoustics. Sound generation and radiation. Vibration isolations. Sound in ducts. Measurement and analysis of sounds and vibrations.

Exercises: Theory-based calculations, above all in order to illuminate how this knowledge may be applied. Measurement exercise: 1. Measurement and analysis of vibrations. 2. Measurement and analysis of noise.

Project: Design, calculation, building and testing of an exhaust system for a family car.


Basic courses in mathematics, mechanics, strength of materials and Matlab.


Bodén., Carlsson, U., Glav, R., Wallin, H.P., Åbom, M.: Ljud och vibrationer. Marcus Wallenberg Laboratoriet för Ljud- och Vibrationsforskning, Inst. för Farkostteknik, KTH, 2001. ISBN 91-7170-434-5 samt en kurspärm med arbetsmaterial.


  • LAB1 - Exercises, 0.5, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 1.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Examination, 3.0, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

Written examination (TEN1; 4 university credits), (TEN2; 3 university credits). Approved lab. Exercises (LAB1; 0,5 university credits).
Project (PRO1; 1,5 university credits).

Offered by

SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering


Susann Boij (


Susann Boij <>

Supplementary information

Replaces 4B1117.

Add-on studies

SD2125 Signals and mechanical systems
SD2140 Vibroacoustics
SD2165 Acoustical Measurements
SD2150 Experimental Structure Dynamics
SD2155 Flow Acoustics
SD1135 Project Course in Sound, Vibrations and Signals
SD2170 Energy Methods
SD2175 Numerical Methods for Acoustics and Vibration
SD2180 Non-Linear Acoustics
SD2185 Ultrasonics
SD2190 Vehicle Acoustics and Vibration


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2007.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.