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.

Latest News

06/11/2014

A mobile flash butt welder designed by Network Rail National Supply Chain (NRNSC) to minimise noise nuisance during trackside repairs has won the innovation...

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...

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27 Nov 2014
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL Workshop to discuss the Institute of Acoustics’ more...

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

29 Oct 2015
Auditorium Acoustics 2015 29-31 October 2015 Paris, France

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