Research and Development

Vehicle Acoustics
Individual sound packages for optimum vehicle noise protection

The acoustics experts at Autoneum develop, produce and test innovative acoustics solutions tailored to individual customer requirements for the entire vehicle – engine bay, underbody and interior floor.

Autoneum operates a worldwide network of state-of-the-art acoustics centers and material testing laboratories equipped with specially developed measurement systems. Thanks to its international presence, customers of Autoneum can rely on the professional support of a global team of acoustics experts in all project phases – ideal conditions for successful long-term cooperation!

Autoneum supports its customers in both pre-development and in the development of sound packages based on simulation and testing with its comprehensive and in-depth know-how in vehicle acoustics.

Pre-development

Before the start of vehicle development itself, Autoneum carries out a global NVH benchmarking (noise, vibration, harshness) in which the market requirements and current industry standards are analyzed. This procedure enables the customer to be supported at an early stage in the positioning and performance assessment of a new vehicle in the market. Together with the customer the specific requirements concerning the individual materials and vehicle components are defined to put together an individually tailored sound package after the NVH benchmarking.

With the rise of electric mobility, numerous new requirements are emerging for NVH development. For example, in the absence of engine noise in electric vehicles, more attention is drawn to sound sources that are new or were previously drowned out, such as fans and pumps or electronic drive components.

Autoneum regularly carries out detailed vehicle and component studies for new electric vehicles in cooperation with the benchmarking platform A2Mac1. To learn more about it, contact us at benchmarking@autoneum.com.

Simulation and Testing

In the development phase Autoneum falls back on tried-and-tested simulation methods for the design of sound packages. These enable customers to lower development and product costs significantly. The use of Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) and a broad-based material database lead to the following benefits for customers:

  • Early identification of potential problem areas
  • Shortening of lead times
  • Reduction in the number of required prototypes

Thermal Management
Tailored engineering tools and products for automotive thermal management systems

From enhancing driver comfort to lowering emissions as well as fuel and energy consumption to increasing driving range: With these ambitious goals in mind, Autoneum’s thermal management experts are developing engineering solutions and products tailored to the requirements of both internal combustion engine and electric vehicles.

Lightweight automobile components used for thermal management not only provide heat protection, but also ensure the best possible temperature conditions for battery systems: In addition to the battery lifespan, this also improves the overall driving range of electric vehicles. Furthermore, a comprehensive management of vehicle temperature also positively impacts thermal comfort in the passenger compartment.

At Autoneum’s thermal testing facilities worldwide, expert knowledge and commercial simulation software are combined with unique engineering tools and innovative components developed in-house in order to answer to specific customer needs.