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SD2190 Vehicle Acoustics and Vibration 6.0 credits

The course gives an introduction to vehicle design with respect to Noise and Vibration Harshness (NVH) and an overview of modern, industrial state-of-the-art tools.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SD2190 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Review of current methods for the noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) design of passenger vehicles. Load cases, analysis types and CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) optimization processes. NVH analysis with relationship to other vehicle function CAE processes. Modeling, analysis procedures and accuracy of results in “virtual“ vehicle development process. Variability in actual vehicle structures. Materials, modeling and design, for NVH treatment. Sound quality. Source identification.

Intended learning outcomes

The goals of the course, for the student, are:

  • To understand the basic principles of the design aspects for NVH in cars.
  • To know the most dominant sources of noise and vibration in cars, the dominant transmission paths including their relative importance at different driving conditions.
  • To understand the critical design issues and their relations for NVH, in particular the aspects of objective and subjective design.
  • To get a basic knowledge in the process driving concurrent design, in particular in view of vehicle acoustics.
  • To get an overview of state-of-the art in Computer Aided Engineering applied to NVH together with examples of NVH issues treated by CAE and to understand the limitations of the models used.
  • To get a basic understanding of the difference between objective and subjective (human response) design criteria and how they influence the design process.
  • To get an overview of modern design solutions in NVH, the materials used and their principle function, together with the current trends in the development of new solutions.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic courses in mathematics, mechanics and noise control.

English B / English 6

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Assignments, 6.0 credits, grading scale: 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

Project assignments (INL1; 6 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

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Course web SD2190

Offered by

SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

SD2145 Vibro-Acoustics
SD2130 Signal Analysis
SD2165 Acoustical Measurements
SD2150 Experimental Structure Dynamics
SD2155 Flow Acoustics
SD2160 Sound and Vibration, Project Course
SD2170 Energy Methods
SD2175 Numerical Methods for Acoustics and Vibration
SD2180 Non-Linear Acoustics
SD2185 Ultrasonics