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

24/04/2015

The spring 2015 issue of Sound Bites, the IOA's student e-zine, is now out. As usual, it's full of a mixture of news about...

23/04/2015

The IOA has published today a discussion document on methods for rating amplitude modulation (AM) in wind turbine noise. The document proposes a...

29/01/2015

The Institute's Engineering Council licence to offer registration at Chartered and Incorporated Engineer levels has been renewed for a further five...

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

Latest Events

11 Jun 2015
AMPLITUDE MODULATION IN WIND TURBINE NOISE WORKSHOP THURSDAY 11 JUNE 2015 more...

09 Jul 2015
Hearing Impairment and the Enjoyment and Performance of Music Thursday 9 more...

07 Sep 2015
Seabed and Sediment Acoustics: Measurements and Modelling Organised by the more...

17 Sep 2015
ACOUSTIC DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS – CALL FOR PAPERS THURSDAY 17th more...

15 Oct 2015
ACOUSTICS 2015 THURSDAY 15 OCTOBER 2015 HARROGATE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE

29 Oct 2015
Auditorium Acoustics 2015 29-31 October 2015 La Philharmone 1, Avenue Jean- more...

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