Acoustical Engineering

Acoustical engineering demands a remarkable breadth and depth of study, drawing on disciplines such as mechanics, materials, manufacturing, electronics and signal processing. Consequently, acoustical engineering is an excellent degree choice for those who want to open up a broad range of scientific and engineering career options on graduation.
Sound is one of the primary means of communication and pervades all areas of our world. Acoustic engineering and science is about the production, transmission, manipulation and reception of sound; from the control of unwanted traffic noise to the design of modern music technology products. Acoustics embodies both the physical properties of sound waves, and the psychological and physiological reaction of humans. Without control, sound may damage the environment, cause deafness and create annoyance and stress. On the other hand, correct acoustic design can greatly improve quality of life at work, in performance spaces such as concert halls and at home. This unique degree course provides the knowledge and skills for you to build a career in the diverse field of acoustics. The course aims to produce graduates who can successfully carry out noise consultancy, architectural and building acoustics, research, product development and design in acoustics, audio and related areas.

Topics Covered:
1. Nature of sound
2. The wave equation
3. Plane waves and spherical waves
4. Impedance, power, intensity, directivity
5. Microphones, sound level meters, sound intensity probes, spectrum analyzers
6. Data processing: analog to digital conversion, FFT, windowing, sampling
7. Sound transmission and control
8. Human response to noise (OSHA standards)
9. Environmental noise

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