What is acoustics?

Acoustics is the interdisciplinary science that deals with the study of all mechanical waves in gases, liquids, and solids including vibration, sound, ultrasound and infrasound.

Many people mistakenly think that acoustics is strictly musical or architectural in nature. While acoustics does include the study of musical instruments and architectural spaces, it also covers a vast range of topics, including: noise control, SONAR for submarine navigation, ultrasounds for medical imaging, thermoacoustic refrigeration, seismology, bioacoustics, and electroacoustic communication.

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Latest News

04/11/2016

A company that develops ground-breaking noise reduction technology scooped the IOA-sponsored innovation award in the 2016 noise “Oscars”.

Sonobex was...

26/10/2016

The Institute of Acoustics and the other 37 professional engineering organisations, representing all disciplines of UK engineering, have joined forces under...

13/10/2016

The autumn 2016 issue of Sound Bites, the IOA's student e-zine, is out. As ever,  it features a great mixture of ...

Publications

A wide range of publications, brochures, CDs and consultation documents is available through the Institute of Acoustics publication shop.

Latest Events

22 Feb 2017
THE ART OF BEING A CONSULTANT WEDNESDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2017 KEYWORTH CENTRE, more...

14 Mar 2017
SOUND TRANSPORT MODELLING TUESDAY 14 MARCH 2017 VICTORIA AND ALBERT HOTEL, more...

23 Jul 2017
ICSV24 LONDON 23-27 JULY 2017 LONDON

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