Short Courses

We will be holding several short courses before and following the conference. Each short course can accommodate up to 30 students, and you may sign up for them during the registration process. On Sunday preceding the Congress, the INCE Fundamentals Exam Preparation Course and Optional Exam will be held. We are offering a mix of selections given by commercial companies (called ‘vendor courses’), along with non-commercial courses. All vendor courses are free, but you must sign up when registering for INTER-NOISE. Non-vendor courses require a nominal fee. All courses are first-come first-served.

INCE Professional Exam - INCE Board Certification


Cost: $100 Application Fee

The INCE Professional Examination is an eight-hour, examination covering the principles and practice of noise control engineering. The examination is eight hours long with a one-hour lunch break and will held on Sunday 9 August 2015. The exam is intended to evaluate the practical knowledge of an individual which has been gained from an engineering education and approximately five years of practical experience in noise control engineering. It is not an academic examination. The exam covers the principles and practice of noise control engineering. This includes the application of fundamental acoustics, mechanical dynamics and the psycho-physiological properties of the ear to noise control programs. Specialized areas include instrumentation and measurements, hearing conservation, noise problems in buildings, in transportation systems, in the community and in industry.

Course #1: INCE Fundamentals Exam Preparation and Optional Exam

Instructors: Jim Barnes and Mark Storm Day: Sunday 9 August 2015 Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (course), 1:00 pm (fundamentals exam) Location: TBD Cost: $100 Description: The INCE Fundamentals Exam may be used in partial fulfillment of the requirements for INCE Membership.    A review session will be conducted from 8 am – 12 pm to prepare for the exam.  The exam will then be offered beginning at 1 pm.    Please note that when registering for this course, you will be asked to upload a digital photo.

Course #2: Intensive Course on Noise Control

Instructor: Prof. Samir N. Y. Gerges, Ph.D. Day: Sunday 9 August 2015 Time:  8:00 am – 12:00 pm Instructor Bio: Click HERE for bio.

Cost:  About $150 to $250 USD including copy of Power Point presentation

Course Information

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand occupational noise and vibration problems based on an acquired fundamental knowledge of vibration and acoustic
  • Use basic acoustic and vibration control engineering methods to develop effective occupational noise control solutions.
  • Understand and describe the evaluation and selection of hearing protectors in the workplace.

Course Outline:

  1. Acoustic parameters and sound propagation, Effects of noise and vibration on humans , Noise measurement equipment, Sound radiation from vibrating structures , Sound Isolation , Materials for sound absorption , Sound propagation in rooms and open air
  2. Noise Control technology and Machinery Noise control
    • Noise control strategies
    • Noise control at the source, path or trajectory, and workers or receivers
    • Enclosures calculation
    • Noise control for fans and exhaust systems, motors, pumps, compressed air, values, cooling towers, etc.
  3. Hearing protectors
    • Types of performance of hearing protectors
    • Noise attenuation characteristics measured at the laboratory, and real world attenuation
    • Double protection
    • Effect of hearing protector usage time over total daily dose reduction
    • Selection of hearing protectors

Course #3: Statistical Energy Analysis

Instructors: Bryce Gardner, Ph.D. and Chad Musser

Day: Thursday 13 August 2015 Time:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cost:  $250 USD (Includes lunch)

Course Information

This course will provide an overview of the history, theory and applications of SEA (Statistical Energy Analysis).  The advantages and limitations of using a statistical approach and suitable applications for this technique are discussed.  The fundamental equations for representing acoustic and structural SEA subsystems and junctions and for solving the SEA power balance equations are presented.  Examples of typical airborne and structureborne acoustic and vibration SEA applications for vehicles and industrial equipment are given.  Advanced modeling approaches, limitations of the method and general advice for using SEA in NVH product development and to complement testing are discussed.

Course #4: Acoustic Design of Mufflers

Instructors: Tamer Elnady, Ph.D., Prof. David Herrin, and Daniel Kato Day: Thursday 13 August 2015 Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Instructor Bios: Click HERE for bios.

Cost:  $250 USD (includes lunch)

Course Information
Most muffler design is accomplished by using “cut-and-try” methods that rely on what has worked in the past and/or extensive full-scale testing on engines for validation. This approach can be extremely costly, in particular with regard to large industrial mufflers, in terms of testing or in other losses caused by inability of the design to meeting the project criteria. New computer software aimed at muffler design can shorten the design cycle and yield more effective results.

This eight hour seminar provides an introduction to the behavior of mufflers and silencers including a description of the two-port approach to muffler design. The seminar covers the acoustic simulation of muffler and silencer systems and the use of experimental methods to measure muffler performance. Following a review of basic muffler concepts and definitions, the seminar will focus on meeting design objectives such as insertion loss with a specified back pressure requirement. It will show how modern software such as SIDLAB can be used to model both the acoustics and flow in achieving the design objective and the role that 1D engine simulations can play in providing important input. The final topic will cover optimization of muffler design to meet a specified design objective with a specified space constraint. The main focus is on large and small IC-engine intake and exhaust systems, but most of the information is also applicable to any pipe or duct system.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:
Explain the underlying principles of mufflers and silencers
Gain insight into muffler and silencer design concepts using contemporary software
Understand experimental methods for measuring muffler and silencer performance

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for engineers and technical managers seeking an understanding of the principles of muffler design and an introduction to the use of muffler and silencer design software. In addition, others that design, purchase, or manufacture muffler or silencer systems will also benefit from the information presented in this seminar.

Knowledge of basic acoustics is assumed. Mathematics to an engineering degree level is desirable, but not required.

Course #5: Intense Acoustic Noise: Blast Waves, Sonic Booms, and Jet Noise

Instructor: Prof. W. Ohm Day: Thursday 13 August 2015 Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Instructor Bio: Click HERE for bio.

Cost:  $250 USD (Includes lunch)

The course offers a quick introduction to nonlinear acoustics, the knowledge of which is essential for modeling, measurement, and control of loud, intense noise such as blast waves. To help the audience develop a feel for this esoteric topic, cartoons, movies, and hands-on demos will be used extensively, whereas the use of equations will be kept to a minimum. Largely drawing from his recent experience, the instructor will discuss three types of intense acoustic noise: blast waves from explosion, sonic booms from supersonic flight, and jet noise from rocket launch.


  1. Basics of Nonlinear Acoustics
  2. Hands-on Demonstrations
    • Shock tube
    • Parametric array
  3. Examples
    • Blast waves
    • Sonic booms
    • Jet noise
  4. Summary

Course #6: TBD

Day: Thursday 13 August 2015 Time:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cost:  $250 USD (Includes lunch)

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Course #7: TBD

Day: Thursday 13 August 2015 Time:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cost:  $250 USD (Includes lunch)

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Course #8: TBD

Day: Thursday 13 August 2015 Time:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cost:  $250 USD (Includes lunch)

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