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

25/04/2017

The spring 2017 issue of Sound Bites, the IOA's student e-zine, is out. Containing the usual mixture of acoustics-...

13/03/2017

The Institute of Acoustics is giving its full support to the Pan-European Competition for Schools in celebration of International Noise...

03/03/2017

The IOA is supporting, as an official education partner, two key programmes which form part of this year's Edinburgh International Science Festival....

Publications

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

Latest Events

22 Jun 2017
LAUNCH EVENT : AFTERNOON MEETING ProPG: PLANNING AND NOISE: NEW RESIDENTIAL more...

22 Jun 2017
LAUNCH EVENT - ProPG: Planning & Noise New: New Residential Development more...

23 Jul 2017
ICSV24 LONDON 23-27 JULY 2017 LONDON

21 Nov 2017
21 CENTURY DEVELOPMENTS IN MUSICAL SOUND PRODUCTION, PRESENTATION AND more...

21 Nov 2017
REPRODUCED SOUND 2017 21-23 NOVEMBER 2017 NOTTINGHAM CONFERENCE CENTRE

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