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

02/09/2019

 

The Institute of Acoustics runs the highly regarded Diploma programme and also accredited short courses.

 

We encourage early...

21/08/2019

 

A reminder, for those planning to enter IOA awards, please note that this year all submissions need to be in by 1st October 2019 for 2020 awards,...

08/07/2019

Acoustics is involved in just about every aspect of our lives. ‘Sound’ is a vital component to the quality of our lives, it is how we communicate and it...

Publications

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

Latest Events

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

19 Sep 2019
Joint event IOA Physical Acoustics Group and Institute of Physics PHYSICAL more...

09 Oct 2019
MUSIC, RECORDING AND PERFORMANCE WEDNESDAY 9 OCTOBER 2019 HENRY WOOD HALL, more...

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

01 Nov 2019
UKAN 2ND ANNIVERSARY WORKSHOP FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER, 1000-1600 THE GUILDHALL, more...

08 Nov 2019
WHO NOISE GUIDELINES FRIDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2019 THE LIGHTHOUSE, GLASGOW

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