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Help us celebrate 60 years of sound at Salford

Oct 30, 2017

Trevor Cox in the anechoic chamber for Manchester Science Festival
The anechoic chamber in the Newton building

This November marks the 60th anniversary of acoustics research here at Salford. To celebrate, we’re holding a number of events so people can learn more about our facilities and the work that takes place in them. 

22 - 24 November, 9 - 4.30pm

Come and visit our world-class anechoic chamber (meaning free from echo) is actually a room within a room in the Newton building. In contention for the title of ‘quietest place on Earth’, the walls, floor and ceiling of the inner chamber are made of heavy Accrington brick and concrete to prevent sound getting into the room. Two heavy acoustic doors with rubber seals are used to minimise airborne sound.

The soundless room is the ideal place for testing equipment like speakers, microphones and ear defenders, because the room doesn’t affect the measurements.

We’ve also got a reverberation chamber on campus, which is considered the opposite of an anechoic chamber because it reflects, rather than absorbs, sound energy. Knowing the absorption of architectural materials is vital when designing a room with good acoustics.

Places are limited so book your place now

22 November, 4 – 7pm

Join Professor Trevor Cox for two panel sessions exploring the history of the labs as well as a look forward to the future. He’ll be leading two structured panel sessions interspersed with demos in the Acoustic & Audio Laboratories. There will be canapés and wine on arrival and a chance to network after. Book here to take part