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

10/06/2019

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

Chris Barlow – Solent Acoustics,...

14/05/2019

A groundbreaking piece of research on the impact of the acoustics industry in the UK was presented at the leading industry conference Acoustics 2019 on 13...

09/04/2019

 

Its awards season at the Institute of Acoustics (IOA).  Following the most recent Council meeting, the Institute of Acoustics is proud to announce...

Publications

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

Latest Events

19 Jun 2019
The Problem of the Location of the Second Sound  Professor Michael Akeroyd more...

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

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