Course Title: Vehicle Noise and Vibration

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Vehicle Noise and Vibration

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Prof Mohammad Fard

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6044

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: BE, 251.03.23

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MIET1076 Mechanical Vibrations or a similar level vibration or dynamics courses. 

Course Description

Noise and vibration of motor vehicles is gaining increasing importance in the automotive industry involving both vehicle manufacturers and component suppliers. While noise pollution legislation is driving down vehicle exterior noise, customers are becoming more discerning regarding noise and vibration inside the vehicle. In fact, noise and vibration levels are now considered as important quality parameters in vehicle design. This course aims to develop your appreciation for the sources and mechanisms of noise and vibration generation and transmission in motor vehicles. In addition, it aims to introduce you to design principles and palliative treatments to help meet noise and vibration targets.
In general, the course aims to introduce you to the noise and vibration of motor vehicles and the application of noise and vibration control principles to the design of quality automotive vehicles. You will develop an understanding of structure borne and airborne noise transmission and the physical mechanisms involved. More specifically, upon completion of this course you will be able to describe and identify the main sources of noise and vibration in vehicles, such as the engine, transmission, tyre/road interface and intake and exhaust systems. You will describe these sources individually and their respective contributions to overall interior/exterior design of the vehicle, resulting in better understanding of the role of trim, isolating mounts and structural/acoustic design in the reduction of noise and vibrations in the passenger compartment. You will use contemporary computational and experimental techniques to achieve these outcomes.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level.

This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.(;ID=eyj5c0mo77631)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes
• Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
• In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
• Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
• Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
• Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
• Application of established engineering methods for solving complex engineering problems.
• Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
• Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
• Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
• Ethical conduct and professional accountability
• Professional use and management of information.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Conduct vehicle targets and benchmarks for vehicle noise and vibration refinement.
    2. Conduct vehicle noise and vibration measurement and analysis.
    3. Identify vehicle airborne noise and structure borne noise analysis and power train vibration isolation.
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and application of mathematics and numerical analysis in the context of engineering design and development.
    5. Predict and evaluate the performance of NVH using a range of software tools, taking into consideration the limitations of the modelling techniques.
    6. Perform realistic simulation of mechanical systems to explore design alternatives and identify optimal performance.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will provide you with the opportunity to learn through the following main learning activities:

a) The topics will help you to learn the theoretical concepts and methods of noise vibration analysis. 
b) Tutorials, which aim to enable you to reflect on theory and apply main concepts through problem solving involving real-world and industry problems.
c) Assignments will give you a chance to apply theory to a realistic problem.
d) Laboratory Experiments and Computer Simulations, which will allow you to relate theory to practice through active experimentation about noise/vibration and components in a range of laboratory settings using state-of-the-art instrumentation.

Overview of Learning Resources

A range of learning materials and resources will be available to students through the Online Learning System (Canvas).
Assignments, Virtual Laboratory, Projects, Guides for the Laboratory experiments, course notes and slides, Examples of relevant computer programs, etc. will be generally provided.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.
☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Task 1:  Homework
Weighting of final grade: 30%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Description:  You will undertake problem-based homework related to the selected option of the course. This will involve CAE case studies including problem definition, analysis, modelling, simulation, and interpretation of modelling and simulation results.

Assessment Task 2:  Assignment Project
Weighting of final grade: 50%
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4
Description:  There will be a project about the application of the vehicle NVH, which will examine your ability and understanding to analyse the NVH of mechanical systems, make the appropriate modelling and simulation decisions as well as your ability to interpret the resulting outcomes of a simulation.

Assessment Task 3:   Online Assessment 
Weighting of final grade:  20%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Description:  This  online time-limited within a time window assessment will test your ability and understanding to conduct noise and vibration analyses, make the appropriate design decisions as well as your ability to interpret the resulting outcomes of a noise and vibration test results.