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SD2191 Vehicle Acoustic and Vibrations 6.0 credits

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

Target group

Open for CDEPR, CFATE,CMAST,CMATD, CTFYS from year 3 och alla Master students as long as it can be included in your programme.

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P2 (6.0 hp)


28 Oct 2024
13 Jan 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students


Per-Olof Sturesson (


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SD2191 (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.

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

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


  • INL1 - Assignments, 4.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

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

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Per-Olof Sturesson (