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

21/10/2014

The Institute of Acoustics' Working Group on Amplitude Modulation in Wind Turbine Noise has now published its scope of work and terms of reference documents...

13/10/2014

The autumn issue of Sound Bites, the IOA's student e-zine, is now out. Packed with a mixture of fascinating news about acoustics-related items and...

29/09/2014

The Institute has published the final two Supplementary Guidance Notes to its Good Practice Guide on wind turbine noise assessment and rating. They...

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

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LONDON BRANCH 40TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY THURSDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2014 KETTNERS, more...

07 Nov 2014
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13 Nov 2014
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27 Nov 2014
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29 Jan 2015
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