SD2190 Vehicle Acoustics and Vibration 6.0 credits

Fordonsakustik och vibrationer

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.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    P, F

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

Autumn 18 Doktorand for single courses students

  • Periods

    Autumn 18 P2 (6.0 credits)

  • Application code


  • Start date


  • End date


  • Language of instruction


  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time


  • Form of study


  • Number of places *

    Max. 1

    *) If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

  • Course responsible

    Peter Göransson <>

  • Teacher

    Peter Göransson <>

  • Target group

    For doctoral students at KTH

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 main content

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.


Basic courses in mathematics, mechanics and noise control.


CD with lecture slides.


  • INL1 - Assignments, 6.0, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

Project assignments (INL1; 6 university credits).

Offered by

SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering


Peter Göransson <>

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


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