New England NoiceCon-17

Joint Technical Sessions

A major feature of the two conferences will be special Joint Sessions to which attendees from both conferences will be invited to attend. These sessions will be of premier quality and share new perspectives, topics, or collaborations based on interactions between INCE-USA and SAE. These Joint Sessions will offer an opportunity to bring together theory and practical applications in a wide range of mobility sectors.

The foundation of these sessions will be invited papers given by distinguished presenters. The inclusion of panel discussions is planned for most sessions, which will provide unique opportunities to gain new perspectives and interact with technical leaders across a wide range of industries.

Papers from these sessions will be included in the proceedings from both conferences, offering the opportunity to reach a much more diverse reader base with dual copyrights. Joint Session papers will undergo the same peer-review process as papers submitted for SAE-only sessions, and follow these SAE deadlines:

Abstracts due to SAE October 14, 2016
Review Ready Manuscripts December 5, 2016
Final Manuscripts April 17, 2017

Or feel free to contact the following people with additional questions.

Gordon Ebbitt at
Hether Fedullo at
Jim Thompson at

The following topics are being offered as a joint session:

Lightweight Vehicle Construction Acoustic Design
Organizers: Alan Parrett, Gordon Ebbitt, Yukel Gur, Jian Pan, Saeed Siavoshani, Pari Tathavadekar, Barry Wyerman

The purpose of this session is to describe solutions for weight savings and to explain the NVH impact of these weight reductions. Weight savings can come from interior and structural parts of vehicle through various solutions of material selection to new dampening treatments. NVH countermeasures for these weight reduction solutions will be outlined so that lightweight design for next generation vehicles can be implemented with attention to noise and vibration throughout the vehicle.

Active Sound Enhancement: Improving sound quality through sound synthesis or augmentation
Organizers: Jeff Orzechowski, Gordon Ebbitt, Farokh Kavarana

Active noise control has become a fairly common method to control low-frequency engine orders. A somewhat newer and complementary technology is powertrain sound enhancement which utilizes the vehicle’s audio system and/or other means such as sound generators or vibro-acoustic actuators. This type of system can be used to create or augment powertrain-related sounds and to smooth linearity during run ups. When carefully applied, these systems can increase both perceived audio and powertrain sound quality and improve the driving experience. This session will consider the design and implementation of these systems with an emphasis on the customer-perceived sound experience.

Product Development Methods: Cross-disciplinary Tools and Processes for Delivering NVH Attribute
Organizers: Hether Fedullo, Taner Onsay, Pari Tathavadekar

This session covers new, innovative methods, tools, and processes that support improved speed and accuracy of NVH attribute delivery. Focus will be on cross-pollination of techniques, e.g. aerospace approaches that could be used in automotive, academic solutions that are ready for industry application, etc. Potential topics include: estimation of uncertainty associated with predictions and advancements in predictive accuracy of NVH performance to support early target setting and hardware selection, multidisciplinary design optimization tools applied to the interrelationship of NVH and other attributes, improved system-subsystem-component target cascade methods, and new vehicle/ subsystem/ component testing methods to improve development time.

Aerodynamic Noise Prediction and Validation
Organizers: Bob Powell, Paul Bremner, Luc Mongeau, Christopher Shaw, Sivapalan Senthooran, Karl Washburn

This session is searching for manuscripts on both numerical and experimental work pertaining to noise caused by air flow around vehicles or stationary machines. Potential topics could include: flow-induced interior noise, flow over protrusions, sunroofs, windows, cooling fan noise, or flow noise in exhaust or intake systems.

Hybrid/Electric and Electric Vehicles – Consequences of Minimum Sound Regulatory Requirements
Organizers: Doug Moore, Heather Konet, Paul Donavan, Kiran Govindswamy

This session will deal with the new demands for test facilities, testing, design, content, as well as safety benefits and environmental consequences of minimum sound regulatory requirements. Papers will include test facilities, testing methods, safety consequences of alternative regulatory approaches, vehicle designs and components to meet regulatory requirements, and potential environmental consequences and/or tradeoffs between minimum sound regulatory requirements and maximum noise regulatory requirements.

Impact of Recreational Noise Source on the Surrounding Communities
Organizers: Hether Fedullo, Jim Dopirak

This session will focus on measurement and control methods for event-based recreational noise sources, including, but not limited to: racetracks, off-road parks, water sports, amusement parks, concerts, and stadium sporting events. The session format will include oral presentations of written papers and will conclude with a panel discussion.

Aircraft Interior Noise
Organizers: Todd Rook, John Maxon, Mark Moeller, Pascale Neple, Martin Wandel, Andrew Wareing

This session covers innovative methods, tools, and processes for reducing aircraft interior noise. Abstracts focusing on lightweight solutions to interior noise and vibration issues are being sought. All aspects of vibro-acoustic studies to reduce cabin noise are welcome in this session. Potential topics may include experimental methods or findings analytical or numerical predictions and correlations, source mitigation, vibro-acoustic package design, sound quality metrics, noise and vibration troubleshooting and resolution, or practical applications of advanced lightweight aerospace materials or technologies.

To submit an abstract for a joint session, please use the following link: