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

19/12/2014

The Institute of Acoustics has issued a statement today which explains in detail its role in respect of the assessment of wind farm noise. William Egan,...

01/12/2014

The Institute of Acoustics (IOA) welcomes the announcement that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is to commission a study into the...

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...

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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

29 Jan 2015
THE EAR AND HEARING - A TUTORIAL FOR ACOUSTICIANS THURSDAY 29 JANUARY 2015 more...

11 Jun 2015
BS4142 WORKSHOP Thursday 11 June 2015 London

08 Jul 2015
Hearing Impairment and the Enjoyment and Performance of Music Wednesday 8 more...

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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