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

19/07/2017

The IOA is again sponsoring the innovation category in the 2017 John Connell Awards. ...

20/06/2017

A new blueprint for acoustic practitioners, council planners and developers that aims to protect home dwellers from noise by putting good acoustic design at...

25/04/2017

The spring 2017 issue of Sound Bites, the IOA's student e-zine, is out. Containing the usual mixture of acoustics-...

Publications

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

Latest Events

27 Sep 2017
DRY WALL CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP FOR ACOUSTICIANS THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL

08 Nov 2017
THE NOISE MANAGEMENT & ASSESSMENT OF CROSSRAIL -OUTCOMES AND LESSONS more...

21 Nov 2017
21 CENTURY DEVELOPMENTS IN MUSICAL SOUND PRODUCTION, PRESENTATION AND more...

21 Nov 2017
REPRODUCED SOUND 2017 21-23 NOVEMBER 2017 NOTTINGHAM CONFERENCE CENTRE, more...

23 Apr 2018
ACOUSTICS 2018 - ACWSTEG 2018 23 APRIL - 24 APRIL 2018 CITY HALL, CATHY more...

05 Sep 2018
SYNTHETIC APERTURE SONAR AND SYNTHETIC APERTURE RADAR 5-7 SEPTEMBER 2018 more...

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