Virginia Tech ME 5734: Advanced Engineering Acoustics


Course Leader: Prof. Chris R. Fuller,

VT CRN: 16684

Meeting times: Tuesday/Thursday, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Location: National Institute of Aerospace, 100 Exploration Way, Hampton, Virginia  23666

Also available as an NIA course member university cross-registration.

Room location to be announced.

Chris Fuller

For further enrollment information for non-Virginia Tech students, call Mary Catherine Bunde, Senior Education Administrator for the National Institute of Aerospace at (757) 325-6731 or NIA’s Senior IT Coordinator, Rita Aguillard at (757) 325-6952.

Catalog Description
The fundamental principles underlying the generation, transmission and reception of acoustic waves and vibrations will be presented. Advanced methods for analytically investigating various acoustical situations will be developed. The application of these methods to typical engineering acoustical problems with physical interpretation of the mechanisms will be studied.

Educational Objectives
Acousticsandvibrationsareapartofmanyengineeringproblemsandthusthiscoursewillprovide material useful for many disciplines. The course objective is to build upon the students’ basic knowledge of acoustics and vibrations. Rather than rely upon a “formulaic” approach, the course will teach the student to combine analytical techniques with a good physical insight in order to study more difficult and unusual acoustical problems such as encountered in acoustical consulting or research. This course will also introduce the student to research techniques necessary to perform investigations in acoustics of a more fundamental nature.

Some experience in vibrations, wave theory or basic differential equations. Please contact if more information is needed.

Kinsler, L.E., A.R. Frey, A.B. Coppens and J.V.Sanders, Fundamentals of Acoustics, 4thEdition, New York, John Wiley,2000.


  1. Fahy, F., Sound and Structural Vibration, Academic Press, London, 1985. Paperback available.
  2. Junger, M. C. and D. Feit, Sound, Structure and Their Interaction, 2nd Edition, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1986. (also published by the Acoustical Society of America)