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

21/06/2019

We are delighted that The Times published today (21 June 2019) a letter from our President-Elect about the challenges of tackling...

20/06/2019

Aviation 2050 - Institute of Acoustics response

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10/06/2019

The results of the IOA's recent election are that new member representatives on Council are: 

Chris Barlow – Solent Acoustics,...

Publications

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

Latest Events

25 Jun 2019
SOUNDSCAPE WORKSHOP - OVERCOMING TRADITIONAL ACOUSTIC CHALLENGES TO URBAN more...

27 Jun 2019
CIEH/IOA/BSI WEBINAR ON BS4142 THURSDAY 27 JUNE 2019 11am - 12pm

18 Sep 2019
LOW NOISE DESIGN 18 SEPTEMBER 2019 THE ROYAL SOCIETY, LONDON

16 Oct 2019
SOUND SENSING IN SMART CITIES 2 WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER 2019 FUTURE CITIES more...

19 Nov 2019
REPRODUCED SOUND 2019 19 - 21 NOVEMBER 2019 THE BRISTOL HOTEL, BRISTOL

05 Dec 2019
OPEN PLAN OFFICE ACOUSTICS THURSDAY 5 DECEMBER 2019 IET, AUSTIN COURT, more...

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