Acoustics

Acoustics is the field of science associated with the generation, propagation and effects of sound.

The Acoustics Research Centre undertakes theoretical, computational and experimental research on a broad range of subjects within the field of acoustics.

We consist of six academic staff, one Postdoctoral Research Fellow a dedicated technician and a number of PhD students who meet regularly to discuss our research, and welcome inquiries from prospective staff and students who would like to work with us.

Our research

Current research areas of interest include:

  • Building acoustics: Rain noise, sound propagation in lightweight buildings, acoustic performance of novel building materials.
  • Aeroacoustics: UAV rotor noise
  • Vibroacoustics: Modelling and predicting sound radiation and transmission using a hybrid wave and finite element method, optimisation of materials to reduce noise
  • Electroacoustics, audio signal processing and active sound field synthesis: Source separation and noise reduction, source localisation and identification, active control, acoustic cloaking, sound reproduction, masking sound
  • Acoustic energy harvesting, thermoacoustic engines

Prospective postgraduate students are encouraged to find out what projects are available via FindAThesis.

The Acoustics Research Centre PhD scholarship offers three years' funding for research in the field of Acoustics. Information on this scholarship can be found on the University's Scholarship page.

Further enquiries can be directed to Professor Brian Mace.

Facilities

The anechoic chamber

Our laboratories include three large reverberation rooms, the anechoic chamber and listening room, and a range of instrumentation that supports academic research and commercial work. We also provide professional services within the field of acoustics. Find out more about the Acoustics Testing Service.

Teaching

  • MECHENG 370 Analog Circuit Design
  • MECHENG 371 Digital Circuit Design
  • MECHENG 325 Dynamics of Fluids and Structures
  • MECHENG 705 Mechatronics Systems
  • MECHENG 722 Engineering Vibrations
  • MECHENG 726 Acoustics for Engineers

People