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VTA073 - Sound and vibration measurement
Syllabus adopted 2016-02-14 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPSOV
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Engineering Physics

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Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0108 Laboratory 7,5 c Grading: TH   3,5 c 4,0 c    

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Docent  Jens Forssén
Professor  Wolfgang Kropp


VTA072   Sound and vibration measurement


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

BSc degree with Major in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Engineering Physics as well as students with a corresponding background.


To work as an expert in noise control engineering requires the capability to design and carry out experimental work in a proper way. The course aims at giving the student insight in and understanding of acoustical measurement methods and the concepts associated with the methods. This also concerns the basics of practical signal processing.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

Work experimentally in the field of sound and vibration including:
  • The calibration of equipment both for air-borne and structure-borne sound measurements
  • Applying standardized experimental methods, such as the determination of sound power, sound insulation, etc.
  • Design of experiments fulfilling to standardization
  • The application of signal processing techniques, such as FFT, correlation, etc.
  • Carrying out measurement of subjective human response to sound and vibration.
Work successfully with a partner on the experimental task as team.

Develop a critical attitude to experimental approach which allow for correctly interpreting results; to critically treat, relate, and evaluate the methodology and the results.

Summarise and communicate the results in an appropriate way by reports.


The course consists of 6 laboratory experiments where the participants come in contact with common acoustical measurement methods and measurement equipment. The experiments are carried out with a large amount of self-activity.

Laboratory experiments:
  • Measurement of human response to sound and vibration
  • Measurement of sound outdoors
  • Measurement of sound power
  • Measurement of airborne and impact sound insulation
  • Basic vibration measurements
  • Vibration measurement using a laser doppler vibrometer.


The course comprises the following learning activities:
The course consists of a series of laboratory experiments with related lectures and it is divided between quarter 1 and quarter 2.


Six lab-instructions. Measurement standards and other material is found in the Library of Applied Acoustics. Useful introduction material by B & K (Brüel & Kjær) can be downloaded from the B&K website. See also course website SVM website.


Approved lab work. Approved, graded lab reports.

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