National Physical Laboratory - Ultrasound and Underwater Acoustics Group

NPL's Ultrasound & Underwater Acoustics Group undertakes long-term, leading-edge research to develop new and improved measurement methods that will impact on UK future services and products.

NPL provides world-class standards for measurement and calibration, and key expertise in measurement related research and development covering the fields of ultrasonics and underwater acoustics.

We have purpose built facilities including environmental test facilities, laboratory tanks and open-water site for underwater measurement. Our leading measurement scientists additionally provide tailored training courses in various aspects of acoustics and are able to develop bespoke systems and products to solve industrial measurement problems.

NPL's Ultrasound & Underwater Acoustics team supports hospitals and clinics, occupational and environmental health, and offshore marine activities.

Research Areas


Underwater Acoustics


Contact Information
Director / Head: 
Dr Peter Thompson
National Physical Laboratory, Hampton Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0LW
Switchboard Number: 
020 8943 8631
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