NC24 Short Courses

NOTE: You do not need to attend NOISE-CON 2024 to attend one of the short courses. To register for the short courses and/or the conference, click the button below.


The Architectural Acosutics course will be offered on Wednesday, June 12.

All other courses will be held on Sunday, June 9, 2024

INCE Fundamentals Prep Course & Exam
Sunday, June 9
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm CDT (course), 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm CDT (fundamentals exam)
Cost: $100 with purchase of NOISE-CON 2024 Registration; $200 without NOISE-CON 2024 Registration
Instructor: Andy Carballeira, ACENTECH

The INCE Fundamentals Exam may be used in partial fulfillment of the requirements for INCE Membership. A review session will be conducted in-person and online from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm CDT to prepare for the exam. The exam will then be offered online beginning at 4:00 pm CDT. Please note that when registering for this course, you will be asked to upload a digital photo.

If you are interested in taking the Fundamentals Exam without taking the Short Course you can do so at no charge by sending your request to [email protected] – Please be sure to include your full name, address, email and contact phone number, and include Fundamentals Exam in the subject line.

Fundamentals of Vibration and Sound
Sunday, June 9
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Price: Full Day, $800 per student
Instructor: Stephen A Hambric, Hambric Acoustics

Have you been measuring or simulating vibration and sound without really having learned the fundamentals?  Drawing from my many tutorials in the Internoise congress proceedings (available at and the book ‘Engineering Vibroacoustics’ (Wiley) I will teach you the basics with a minimum of math and plenty of computational and experimental practical examples.  We’ll start with structural vibrations, where you will learn about different wavetypes, modes of vibration, mobility and impedance, infinite structure theory (one of your most useful tools!), and structural power flow.  Next, I’ll explain sound-structure interaction:  how structures radiate sound and how sound excites structures, sound power transmission loss, and coupling between structures and acoustic cavities.  Finally, I’ll give an overview of numerical methods (finite elements, boundary elements, statistical energy analysis) used to solve vibroacoustic problems and their frequency ranges of applicability.

  • Structural Vibrations
    • Longitudinal, shear, and bending waves in beams and simple, stiffened, and composite panels
    • Modes of vibration
    • Mobility and impedance
    • Infinite structure theory – one of your best friends!
    • Structural power flow between coupled oscillators – the basis of Statistical Energy Analysis
  • Sound-Structure Interaction
    • Basic loudspeaker sound radiation and the concept of radiation efficiency
    • How acoustic regions ‘load’ and couple with structural vibrations
    • How structural vibrations radiate sound
    • How sound fields induce structural vibrations
    • Sound power transmission loss through panels
    • Coupled panels and interior acoustic cavities
  • Overview of Numerical Methods for Vibroacoustics
    • Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for structural vibrations
    • Boundary Element Analysis (BEA) for acoustic fields
    • Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) for coupled structural and acoustic systems
    • Short survey of advanced techniques like Transfer Path Analysis, Energy Finite Element methods, and wave-based vibration modeling

Acoustical Enclosures
Sunday, June 9
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Price: Full Day, $800 per student
Instructors: David Herrin, Professor; Director, Vibro-Acoustics Consortium, University of Kentucky
                   David Copley, Sr. Engrg. Specialist – Acoustics, Global Sound & Cooling | Caterpillar Inc.

Enclosures are commonly used to contain and control noise, among other purposes.  This course will cover the theory and practical implications of acoustical enclosures, along with means to predict and assess the performance of enclosures.   Some of the topics that will be covered include enclosure theory, full and partial enclosures, acoustical materials, ventilation treatments, leakage and seals, analysis via simulation and test, basic design guidance and validation. 

Active Noise Control
Sunday, June 9
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Price: Half-day, $400 per student
Instructor: Yangfan Liu, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

The history of active sound and vibration control technology can be dated back to its first documented attempt in the 1930s. Wave theory-based research on active control of sound and vibration started in 1950s. It first became a popular research area in 1990s, during that period, enormous studies were carried out, many effective active control signal processing algorithms were developed, and implementations were successful in a wide range of engineering applications, such as the control of noise in automobiles, aircraft, buildings, industrial environments, etc. After a one-decade “cooled-down” period, active sound and vibration control have recently reclaimed its research popularity. This is not only driven by the even wider range of application and commercialization potentials of this technology brought by the recent rocketing in the computing power of signal processing hardware together with its cost drop, but also by the unprecedented potential research outcomes if the recent research breakthroughs in other widely studied areas, such as artificial intelligence, computing technology, virtual reality, smart systems, perception-based engineering, etc., can find their ways in benefiting active control of sound and vibration.

This half-day short course introduces the fundamental concepts and theories related to active noise and vibration control, basic algorithms, as well as various typical applications of this technology.

Overview of Acoustic and Vibration Simulation Methods
Sunday, June 9
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Price: Full day, $800 per student (may increase with lunch)
Instructors:    Dr. Rabah Hadjit, ESI Group, Dr. Bryce Gardner, ESI Group, Chad Musser, ESI Group


Numerical Simulation has become an accepted and essential part of interior and exterior acoustics and vibration design for a range of industries and products and especially for the vehicle industry in order to allow effective early design and to complement and reduce the amount of testing involved in product development.  Well-established tools and modeling practices exist for several different simulation methods each of which has its own particular advantages and limitations based on frequency range, modeling objectives, and speed versus accuracy tradeoff and computer resource required.  This full-day course is intended to offer to the test engineer, minimally to moderately experienced simulation engineer or those wishing to have a deeper understanding of one or more of the presented analysis methods an introduction to these different modeling techniques with the goal of improving understanding of the best applications to current state-of-the art vehicle acoustic and vibration design processes.  The team of instructors offering significant acoustics and vibration simulation experience will present background, theory, practical application examples and discussion of several of the current state-of-art analysis useful methods listed in the agenda.

Morning: Introduction and Background of Noise and Vibration Simulation Methods

  • Statistical Energy Analysis
    • Overview & Basic Theory
    • Practical Applications and Examples
    • Use with Complex Sources including Aero-Vibro-Acoustics
  • Boundary Element Method
    • Overview & Basic Theory
    • Practical Applications and Examples
Lunch Break

Afternoon: Deterministic and Hybrid Methods
  • Ray Tracing
    • Overview & Basic Theory
    • Practical Applications and Examples
    • Use to Complement other Simulation Methods
  • Hybrid Finite Element & SEA Combination
    • Overview & Basic Theory
    • Practical Applications and Examples
    • State-of-the-Art and Evolution of Hybrid Method

Electric Vehicle Noise & Vibration

Sunday, June 9
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Price: Half day, $400 per student
Instructors:    Dr. Taner Onsay


In this course, a comprehensive study of noise and vibration in electric vehicles will be presented. The course content is designed to enhance participants' knowledge, beginning with fundamentals, and progressing to more advanced concepts. With a broad spectrum of coverage, ranging from physical principles to tools and methods, the course aims to provide a holistic view of current and future challenges in achieving a distinct and enhanced acoustic experience in modern EVs.


  • Introduction to Electric Vehicles (EVs)
    • History of Electric Vehicles & Overview of the Current EV Market
    • Architecture: Traditional to Modern EV Designs to “Skateboard Architecture”
    • Electric Drive: Fundamentals, Types, and Design for Automobiles
  • N&V Challenges: From Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) to EVs
    • Packaging Batteries and Motors: New Architectural Challenges
    • Noise from ICE, Transmission, and Exhaust
    • Integration of Motor/Generators, PCU & Batteries.
  • NV in Hybrid EV (HEV) vs Battery EV (BEV)
    • Power Control Unit (PCU): Fundamentals and Challenges
    • Noise Generation Mechanisms in PCUs
    • Electronics and Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) in PCUs
  • Electric Motors: N&V due to Electric-Magnetic-Mechanic Energy Conversion
    • Fundamental Physics Behind N&V in Electric Motors
    • N&V in Different Types of Motors
    • NV Challenges: e-Motor, Drive-Unit, and PCU
    • Design Optimization and N&V Challenges on the e-Motor
  • Balance of Noise Contributions in EVs
    • Balance of Traditional vs. New Noise Sources.
    • The Role of Road and Wind Noise in EVs
    • Masking, Sound Enhancement, and Active Control of N&V
  • Simulation Tools for N&V: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach
    • Importance of CAE Models in EV NVH Analysis
    • Electromagnetic and Electromechanical Modeling Methods
    • Multi-Disciplinary Simulation Tools for Improved NVH Design
  • Synthesis of Sounds in EVs: Acoustic Paradigm Shift & Soundscape
    • Sound Quality and Perception for Interior and Exterior
    • Regulatory Requirements on Minimum Noise Levels
    • Designing Brand-specific “Harmony” and Soundscape
  • The Future of EVs: Brand-Uniqueness and Enhanced Human Experience
    • Crafting a Brand-Unique Set of Sounds for EVs – Art of Sound Synthesis
    • Enhancing the Driving Experience in Different Soundscapes
    • The Future Trends in EV Sound and Acoustic Comfort

Architectural Acoustics
Wednesday, June 12
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Price: Half Day, $400 per student
Instructor: Bonnie Schnitta, SoundSense

Learning Units: 3

Credit Designations: LU|HSW

This course will cover the fundamentals and applications of architectural sound separation, outdoor noise, and the acoustic design of public spaces. Content is designed for the participant to understand architectural acoustics concepts and relationships to the built environment, to evaluate impacts of noise, and evaluate options for noise mitigation, transmission loss, and design approaches for interior and exterior acoustic environments. The attendees will be taught during the course innovative ways to solve noise problems and enhance sound and clarity of speech.


  • Architectural Sound Separation
    • Use transmission loss and Sound Transmission Class (STC) ratings in assessing wall, ceiling, and floor assemblies
    • Understand Impact Insulation Class (IIC) ratings of varying floor assemblies
    • Learn the relationship of Noise Criteria (NC) or ambient background level to adjacent noise disturbance and code standards
    • Calculate the required Transmission Loss (TL) and appropriate demising assembly based on its STC-rating and varying noise sources
  • Outdoor Noise
    • Fundamentals of outdoor sound propagation
    • Categorize typical outdoor noise sources and estimate the associated impact on the surrounding environment
    • Effects of outdoor noise on quality of life, potential for sleep disturbance, and impacts on classrooms and hospital acoustics
    • Learn to evaluate various options for and limitations of mitigating outdoor noise
  • Acoustic Design of Public Spaces
    • Identify and understand the three categories of sound propagation in relationship to finish materials in an indoor acoustic environment
    • Employ the Sabine (unit of absorption) in regard to finish materials and room acoustics
    • Learn innovative approaches to creating bass traps and increasing NRC with everyday items
    • Understand Reverberation Time in terms of speech intelligibility, use of space, effects on health and well-being, and correlation with productivity
    • Identify acoustic phenomena such as room modes, flutter echo, focusing, and reverberant sound energy build-up