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 products for automotive heat protection

Autoneum’s highly developed heat protection components enhance driver comfort and thanks to their lightweight also contribute towards considerably lower vehicle fuel consumption and emissions. As well as components for the insulation, shielding and storage of heat, Autoneum’s range of automotive thermal management solutions also includes state-of-the-art thermal testing and calculation processes. At global development centers the thermal management experts from Autoneum carry out continuous material testing on components and in vehicles and use unique simulation software to develop innovative thermal protection packages that are tailored to customer needs.

Brochure Thermal Management (0.3 MB) | PDF

Autoneum supports its customers with a range of Thermal Management Systems for:

  • Heat protection in the underbody and engine bay with engine-mounted heatshields, hoodliners, engine covers as well as underbody systems

  • Heat storage in the engine bay with engine or vehicle-mounted engine encapsulations
  • Thermal comfort in the vehicle passenger compartments with interior trim panels

Network
Innovation through Global Development

Innovations are a decisive success factor for Autoneum and therefore count among the company’s six strategic priorities. Autoneum is the innovative leader in acoustic and thermal management solutions for vehicles and sets industry standards with the development of multifunctional noise and heat protection products and specialized measurement systems. At the R&T Center in Winterthur, Switzerland, technological future concepts are implemented within the scope of predevelopment. Furthermore, proximity to the customer and the market is safeguarded with twelve decentralized acoustics and development centers in France, Germany, Poland, Switzerland and the USA as well as in China and Brazil. While simulatio