Automotive Vibration Testing

Automotive testing is critical during vehicle development allowing test engineers to characterize the effect of long-term, road-induced vibration, and shock on the performance and service life of vehicle/engine components.

Applicable (NVH) Vibration Control Software


Enter two values out of the four between Acceleration, Frequency, Velocity, or Displacement, and the calculator will do the rest.


Measure your product’s fatigue and calculate its lifespan. Commonly used life acceleration techniques are applied to shorten test time.


Re-introduce the high acceleration peaks back into your random vibration tests.

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Measure your product’s fatigue and calculate its lifespan. Commonly used life acceleration techniques are applied to shorten test time.


Reproduce, in your test lab on your shaker, the actual acceleration waveform you measure in the field.


Full VibrationVIEW Software Package

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Copy > Paste with Excel & Word in VibrationVIEW

Copy & Paste Vibration Test Profiles and Graphs into and out of Microsoft Word & Excel. This is especially useful when sharing profiles with colleagues or entering from a customer.



Commonly Used Specifications for Automotive & NVH Testing

ASTM Series
ISTA Series
ISO 10326-1:2016
ISO 16750
SAE J1211
JIS D 1601

Ford Motor Case Study

Lab technicians at a Ford Motor Company testing facility were facing a serious dilemma they couldn’t seem to solve. A fuel-rail on their 5.0L and 6.2L BOSS engines experienced several lab testing failures on the dynamometer that had never been observed in the field. These failures naturally created some concern. Were the company’s laboratory tests simply over testing the fuel-rail or were they accurately predicting a future real-life and potentially dangerous situation?

Ford Motor Case Study

Electric Vehicle (EV) Battery Testing

IEC 62660-2 (2018)
This is a reliability and abuse test for auto traction lithium-ion batteries.

SAE J2464 (2009)
This is an abuse test, including hazardous substance monitoring, mechanical, thermal, and electrical abuse.

UN 38.3 (2016)
The purpose is different for this standard; it has a focus on the safe transportation of lithium metal and lithium-ion batteries, including altitude, temperature, vibration, shock, and impact/crush testing.

Electronic vehicle (EV) battery technology

Buzz, Squeak, Rattle (BSR) Vibration Testing

Control software and shakers customized for low noise operation. This is typically used for Buzz, Squeak & Rattle testing, sound limit testing, sound recordings, and anechoic chambers.

Automobile Companies Using VR Products

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Ford Motor Company logo        Johnson Controls logo

Kurtosis Control vs Fatigue Damage Spectrum

Vibration test facilities want to accurately test products but do so in an efficient time period. Vibration Research Corporation has two techniques to help test engineers rapidly accelerate random vibration tests. Those two methods are Kurtosis Control and Fatigue Damage Spectrum.

Crankshaft Resonance Track & Dwell (SRTD)

Auto-detect transmissibility peaks from a sweep. Peak Tracking is a better way to track a shifting resonance during the Dwell portion of a Sine Resonance Track and Dwell (SRTD) test, delivering superior results to the traditional Phase Tracking method. VibrationVIEW offers you both options.

Four Post Random Vibration Tests


Control 2, 3, or 4 output drive loops simultaneously


Control 2, 3, or 4 output drive loops simultaneously, output phase is synchronized


Control 2, 3, or 4 output drive loops simultaneously, output phase is synchronized


One master controller is used with the drive signal T’d off for the other controllers. Use multiple input accelerometers for Sine averaging, max, min, or extremal control.

Compare Field Data to a Specification

Industry-standard vibration tests are used by hundreds of labs to test thousands of products every year. But how closely do the standard tests duplicate the real-world operational environment of those products? Are you over or under testing your product? Is this the best representation of a real-world environment?


Field Data Replication

Reproduce your data 1:1 as it happened in the real world (transportation simulation). However, this can be time-consuming.

Random Import

Run your recorded data. Run Random peaks as average, peak hold or somewhere in the middle. But, for how long?

Fatigue Damage Spectrum

Real-world data on the shaker in an accelerated way.

Industry standards vs real-world data

Data Acquisition & Analysis Applications Summary

  • Event Triggering
  • Transient Capture
  • Smart Phone Interface
  • NVH and Whole Body Vibration
  • GPS
  • In-vehicle Data Acquisition
  • Video/Data Synchronization
  • Order Tracking Analysis
  • PSD Analysis
  • FFT Analysis
  • Cross Spectral Density
  • And more…

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Vibration Control Applications Summary

  • Electrical and Electronic Components
  • EV Battery
  • Powertrain
  • Interior Components
  • Crankshaft SRTD
  • Buzz Squeak Rattle
  • Random Acceleration
  • Component Durability & Fatigue
  • Transport Simulation
  • Dual Axis
  • Four Post
  • And more…

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