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

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...

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...

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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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20 Mar 2015
ACOUSTIC EQUIPMENT CALIBRATION - WEBINAR FRIDAY 20 MARCH 2015 12.30PM

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THE ART OF BEING A CONSULTANT WEDNESDAY 15 APRIL 2015 AVENUE CAMPUS, more...

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

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