Department of Mechanical Engineering

Acoustics Research

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. We meet regularly to discuss our research and welcome inquiries from prospective staff and students who would like to work with us. 

Research areas

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

Available postgraduate projects are listed on the faculty website.

The Acoustics Research Centre PhD scholarship offers 3 years funding for research in the field of Acoustics. Information on this scholarship can be found here (LINK TBC) and further enquiries can be directed to Professor Brian Mace



Laboratory facilities

Our laboratories include 3 large reverberation rooms, anechoic chamber and listening room and a range of instrumentation to support our research and commercial work. 

Reverberation room
Anechoic chamber

Acoustics testing service

We provide professional services within the field of acoustics through the Acoustics Testing Service.




  • 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