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

20/04/2016

The IOA and the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection (BOHS) have agreed to recognise each other’s professional qualifications.

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20/04/2016

The spring 2016 issue of Sound Bites, the IOA's student e-zine, is out. Once again it features a great mixture of acoustics-...

31/03/2016

A book on the history of the first 40 years of the IOA has been published. Covering the period from how it came about and its inception on 1 January 1974 up...

Publications

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

Latest Events

10 May 2016
ACOUSTICS ON LARGE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS TUESDAY 10 MAY 2016 THE ROYAL more...

05 Jul 2016
CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN MUSICAL ACOUSTICS TUESDAY 5 JULY 2016 LONDON SOUTH more...

05 Sep 2016
ACOUSTICS 2016 5-6 SEPTEMBER 2016 CHESFORD GRANGE, KENILWORTH, WARWICKSHIRE more...

15 Nov 2016
REPRODUCED SOUND 2016 Sound with Pictures - time is of the essence 15-17 more...

12 Dec 2016
ACOUSTIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL VARIABILITY, FLUCTUATIONS AND COHERENCE THE more...

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