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

19/07/2017

The IOA is again sponsoring the innovation category in the 2017 John Connell Awards. ...

20/06/2017

A new blueprint for acoustic practitioners, council planners and developers that aims to protect home dwellers from noise by putting good acoustic design at...

25/04/2017

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

Publications

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

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