Engineering services

Engineering services

Whatever sound and vibration challenges you face, we can add value by boosting your capabilities and capacity, improving your processes, and transferring knowledge and technology to your organization.

Our engineering services team operates globally. Projects can be conducted at our MSC Application Research Centre (ARC) in Detroit or at the Millbrook Proving Ground in the UK. Alternatively, our engineers can come on-site for short- or extended-period consultations.

Project support, recommendations and technology transfer

Achieving product goals and improving performance is not always easy. Making testing meaningful and turning results into actions can also be challenging. Whether it’s for a short project or for an extended period, we can supply experienced engineers with specialist application knowledge and industry insight.

By integrating our sound and vibration know-how directly into your product development processes, we help you improve their effectiveness while together we find the answers you need. This includes:

  • A choice of the right technology and methods to solve design problems
  • Giving design recommendations to ensure optimal sound and vibration performance in your product
  • Integration of tools into your test procedures and product development process, including integration of test data with computer-aided engineering (CAE) results
  • Facilitating decision making and offering relevant insights
  • Troubleshooting sound and vibration concerns throughout the product development processes
  • Interpretation of measurement results and providing facts-based recommendations
  • Program support through to launch, including final presentations like vehicle driving evaluations and press events
  • Technology transfer, training, and on-site resources to ensure that your own competences are strengthened – boosting the value far beyond one project.

Experienced experts

Presently, we have more than 35 staff dedicated to engineering service projects. With their troubleshooting expertise and product development services, you can bring our specialist knowledge and state-of-the art equipment and facilities to bear on your challenges.

Our capabilities were boosted with the acquisition of Detroit-based engineering consultancy Sound Answers in 2015, when 13 experts joined Brüel & Kjær with extensive experience from diverse engineering services projects.

In 2016, we acquired UK-based consultancy Sound & Vibration Technology Ltd., bringing extensive NVH engineering capabilities into Brüel & Kjær – as well as engineering and simulation facilities located at Millbrook Proving Ground.

The acquisition of German company Discom in 2016 strengthened our offerings at the end of production lines, bringing experience of supplying vibration test systems for acoustic quality analysis of automotive transmissions.

The MSC Application Research Center

The MSC Application Research Centre (ARC) in Detroit, USA, is our central facility for in-house engineering services. At the ARC, we have test and product development labs, engineering simulation facilities, test chambers and state-of-the-art testing hardware and software. In addition to the latest in test equipment, applications and solutions, this solution facility has dedicated expert staff on hand to help gain insights, find effective engineering strategies and train users.Facilities at the Application Research Center (ARC) include a sound transmission loss (STL) suite, an acoustic hemi-anechoic chamber, a reverberation chamber, a full anechoic chamber, a 4WD chassis dynamometer, brake dynamometers, NVH simulators and several labs

Flexible project execution

Brüel & Kjær is unique in that we can deliver a customized mix of expertise, equipment and facilities, making us a cost-effective one-stop shop with flexible project options. We normally use Brüel & Kjær equipment and software, but we have experience with a wide range of non-Brüel & Kjær tools.

Here are some of the many projects we have delivered:

  • Optimizing sound and vibration test procedures

    Engineering services for development of procedures and methods, jury evaluation, integration of test and CAE data, test bench development and training.

  • Sound and vibration quality and target development

    Engineering services for establishing objective sound and vibration quality metrics and targets that correlate with end-user subjective preferences.

  • Standardized test customization

    Development of test procedures, and evaluation and optimization of customer procedures. Testing to customer and industry standards to ensure compliance.

  • Troubleshooting and root cause analysis

    Troubleshooting of specific sound and vibration problems and root cause analysis of sound and vibration issues. Identification and implementation of countermeasures to mitigate the problems.

  • NVH vehicle integration

    Initial subjective and objective benchmarking, vehicle-level and system/component-level target setting, NVH troubleshooting and development to achieve programme targets, and launch support.