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Responsible Chief Engineer
Dr.-Ing. Matthias Behrendt
Phone: +49 721 608-46470

Head of Research Group
Dipl.-Ing. Manuel Bopp
Phone: +49 721 608-45225

NVH and System Validation

Academic Staff

Dipl.-Ing. Manuel Bopp
M.Eng. Sven Cortès
Dipl.-Ing. John Köber
M.Sc. Sebastian Lutz
M.Sc. Constantin Mandel
M.Sc. Zequn Nan
Dipl.-Ing. Manuel Petersen
M.Sc. Jan-Michael Veith
M.Sc. Moritz Wäschle
M.Sc. Qiwen Xiao



Research Focus

The main focus is on methods and processes for the development and validation of user-oriented mobility systems. One of the research topics is the continuous integration of simulation and testing in the field of energy efficiency and NVH, as well as model-based system development and the design of validation environments. Essential aspects and sub-topics are:

  • NVH (complete vehicle and components)
  • Comfort objectification and evaluation methods
  • Energy-efficient driving and operating strategies
  • Validation of ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems)
  • Connected development and validation in a global product development environment
  • Model-based Systems Engineering
  • Use-case-based validation methods for components up to multimodal mobility concepts
  • Human-machine-interaction


Service Offer

We are your partner for questions concerning development and validation in the context of NVH, drivability and energy efficiency on the basis of a methodical approach considering systemic influencing factors.

  • Joint development and validation of innovative, needs-based products
  • Conception of suitable validation environments
  • Support by and implementation of Model-Based Systems Engineering methods
  • Practical, theoretical and experimental examinations at our facilities or in your company with mobile measuring technology (e. g. 3D laser scanning vibrometry)
  • Assistance in carrying out reproducible driving and roller dynamometer tests
  • Analysis and optimisation of NVH behavior
  • Analysis and optimisation of operating strategies
  • Model identification and time-efficient testing
  • Acoustic measurements inside and outside the vehicle (e. g. dummy head measurements, simulated passing)


  • Acoustic roller test bench: 2-axle driven roller dynamometer with vehicle-in-the-loop technology in the semi-open space (lower cut-off frequency of 63Hz)
  • Driving robot (SAP 2000)
  • 3D-Laser-Scanning-Vibrometer (PSV 3D) for contactless and non-reactive detection of 3-dimensional vibrations of surfaces
  • 3D sound intensity probe (LMS SoundBrush)
  • Artificial head, uni and triax accelerometers, mobile fuel gauge, free-field microphones, 40-channel front-end and AFT TORnado
  • Modeling software based on SysML
  • IPEK driving simulator with force feedback pedal
  • Various experimental vehicles (conventional, hybrid, electric)


The information flyer can be downloaded here.

More information on the equipment of the institute can be found here


Current theses of the research group can be found here.

Selected Publications

Albers, A., & Zingel, C. (2013). Extending SysML for Engineering Designers by Integration of the Contact & Channel – Approach (C&C²-A) for Function-Based Modeling of Technical Systems. In Procedia Computer Science (Vol. 16, 353 – 362). Elsevier

Albers, A., You, Y., Klingler, S., Behrendt, M., Zhang, T., & Song, K. (2013). A new validation concept for globally distributed multidisciplinary product development. In 20th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.

Albers, A., & Zingel, C. (2013). Challenges of Model-Based Systems Engineering: A Study towards Unified Term Understanding and the State of Usage of SysML. In Smart Product Engineering: Proceedings of the 23rd CIRP Design Conference. Abramovici, M. and Stark, R.

Wagner, D., Albers, A., Klingler, S., Majic, N., & Munker, F. (2013). Next Generation Electric Energy Storage Systems – Systematic Design Approaches. 6. Grazer Symposium Virtuelles Fahrzeug.

Albers, A., Klingler, S., & Ebel, B. (2013). Modeling Systems of Objectives in Engineering Design Practice. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2013.

Albers, A., Fischer, J., Behrendt, M., Lieske, D. (2013). Method for measuring and interpreting the transfer path of acoustic phenomena in the drivetrain of a battery electric vehicle. In VDI-Berichte. VDI-Berichte, 2187. Düsseldorf: VDI-Verlag

Albers, A., Schwarz, A., Behrendt, M., & Hettel, R. (2013). Time efficient testing of Hybrid electric vehicles using automated identificated physical model structures. In 2013 the 2nd International Conference on Advances in Mechanics Engineering.

Behrendt, M., Robens, G., & Albers, A. (2013). Method for scaling the indoor Pass-by noise testing on a roller test bench in a small anechoic chamber. Journal of Basic and Applied Physics

Albers, A., Hettel, R., Behrendt, M., Düser, T., & Schwarz, A. (2012). Extended flexible environment and vehicle simulation for an automated validation platform. In Fisita 2012 (10).

Albers, A., & Alexander Schwarz. (2011). Automated Identification of NVH- Phenomena in vehicles. In Noise and Vibration. SAE International.

An overview of all IPEK publications can be found here.