Foundations of Engineering Acoustics by Frank J. Fahy

Foundations of Engineering Acoustics

byFrank J. FahyEditorFrank J. Fahy

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Foundations of Engineering Acousticstakes the reader on a journey from a qualitative introduction to the physical nature of sound, explained in terms of common experience, to mathematical models and analytical results which underlie the techniques applied by the engineering industry to improve the acoustic performance of their products. The book is distinguished by extensive descriptions and explanations of audio-frequency acoustic phenomena and their relevance to engineering, supported by a wealth of diagrams, and by a guide for teachers of tried and tested class demonstrations and laboratory-based experiments.

Foundations of Engineering Acousticsis a textbook suitable for both senior undergraduate and postgraduate courses in mechanical, aerospace, marine, and possibly electrical and civil engineering schools at universities. It will be a valuable reference for academic teachers and researchers and will also assist Industrial Acoustic Group staff and Consultants.



  • Comprehensive and up-to-date: broad coverage, many illustrations, questions, elaborated answers, references and a bibliography
  • Introductory chapter on the importance of sound in technology and the role of the engineering acoustician
  • Deals with the fundamental concepts, principles, theories and forms of mathematical representation, rather than methodology
  • Frequent reference to practical applications and contemporary technology
  • Emphasizes qualitative, physical introductions to each principal as an entrée to mathematical analysis for the less theoretically oriented readers and courses
  • Provides a 'cook book' of demonstrations and laboratory-based experiments for teachers
  • Useful for discussing acoustical problems with non-expert clients/managers because the descriptive sections are couched in largely non-technical language and any jargon is explained
  • Draws on the vast pedagogic experience of the writer

About The Author

Frank Fahy has been teaching and researching at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, Southampton, England, for nearly forty years. He is Emeritus Professor of Engineering Acoustics, signifying both his training and professionalmotivation. He is a Rayleigh Medal holder and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics.
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Title:Foundations of Engineering AcousticsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:443 pages, 9.45 × 6.5 × 0.98 inPublished:September 19, 2000Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0122476654

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Elementary Theory of One-Dimensional Stress Waves in Bars
Chapter 3. Interaction of Elastic Longitudinal Waves
Chapter 4. Interaction of Elastic-Plastic Longitudinal Waves in Bars
Chapter 5. Rigid Unloading Approximation
Chapter 6. One-Dimensional Visco-Elastic Waves and Elastic-Visco-Plastic Waves
Chapter 7. One-Dimensional Strain Plane Waves
Chapter 8. Spherical Waves and Cylindrical Waves
Chapter 9. Elastic Plastic Waves Propagating in Flexible Strings
Chapter 10. Elastic Plastic Waves Propagating in Beams under Transverse Impact (Bending Wave Theory)
Chapter 11. General Theory for Linear Elastic Waves
Chapter 12. Numerical Methods for Stress Wave Propagation

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"...a masterpiece of thoroughness, organization, and clarity...sure to become a classic in acoustical literature and should be on the shelves of every acoustics library.?- Jorge P. Arenas, Auburn University, International Journal of Acoustics and Vibration, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2001"Foundations of Engineering Acoustics does great service to the field of acoustics by providing an appropriate introduction to the practical implications of noise and vibration in engineering and everyday life in general.?- Donald Quinn, Institute of Acoustics Bulletin"Overall, Frank Fahy has written a book that is up to the standard of erudition, authoritativeness and pedagogical excellence that we have come to expect from him on the basis of his other publications.?- Applied Acoustics, Vol. 66, Issue 1, January 2005"I found that this book serves its purpose as a comprehensive introduction to acoustics for the upper level engineering student. I can also recommend the text as a refresher for the practicing engineer.?- Stephen M. Jaeger, Colin Gordon & Associates, San Bruno, CA, USA