ISVR Rayleigh Laboratories - Southampton




ISVR Consulting undertakes professional consultancy and applied research in the fields of noise, vibration, acoustics and dynamics. We are the commercial consultancy unit, or ‘Enterprise Unit’, linked to the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), a research centre within the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.

 We have a team of full-time professional engineers, with supporting technical and administrative staff. We handle most projects in-house but can also call on the specialist expertise of academic and research staff from the ISVR and from other University Departments.

 Our clients include a wide range of industries in the UK and from around the world, public bodies, local and national government agencies in the UK and Europe, and sometimes private individuals. We strive to take a customer-focussed view on the appropriate depth of each study, which may range from a few hours to months or years of work.

Whether the most effective approach to your requirement is through testing, modelling or both, we have the facilities to achieve cost-effective results. Our test facilities include a comprehensive suite of anechoic and reverberant rooms, a large product development area and a wide range of test equipment and instrumentation. We also have access to other University facilities including water tanks and wind tunnels. Our diverse modelling capabilities cover all aspects of design for noise and vibration.

ISVR Consulting was formally established in 1968 as the Wolfson Unit for Noise and Vibration Control and, although our name has changed, we have been providing a full-time professional service ever since, for nearly 50 years. ISVR Consulting is a founder member of the Association of Noise Consultants.

​Although ISVR’s principal activities are centred on acoustics and vibration research, the Laboratory offers a comprehensive acoustic test facility for the space community, ranging from unit- or subsystem-level all the way up to spacecraft-level.​