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Individual reed characteristics due to changed damping using coupled flow-structure and time-dependent geometry changing Finite-Element calculation.
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PMID:  18531001     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The vibration of a reed of a saxophone is calculated using a 2D model of the mouth cavity, the mouth piece and the reed. The time-dependent Finite-Element calculation takes the flow-structure interaction into account and changes the geometry of the flow according to the reed vibration in time. The model is used to study the flow behaviour, pressure distribution, reed vibration and reaction to disturbances of the system. A constant pressure is assumed at the mouth cavity to simulate the pressure of the player's lungs. During the time-dependent process, an impulse is modeled at the end of the mouth piece travelling back from the end of the tube. The damping of the reed was changed to study the reed behaviour. Hard damped reeds show a simple and stable impulse behaviour causing a clear pressure impulse. When the damping is decreased, the impulse coming back from the end of the tube causes the reed not only to open and close but also to show additional vibrations caused by the interplay of the reed's eigenfrequencies and the pressure acting on the reed. These are more or less independent of the travelling impulse and so are a sound characteristic of the reed itself independent of the played note and used articulation.
Rolf Bader
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America     Volume:  123     ISSN:  1520-8524     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Acoust. Soc. Am.     Publication Date:  2008 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503051     Medline TA:  J Acoust Soc Am     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3447     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Hamburg, Institute of Musicology, Neue Rabenstr. 13, 20354 Hamburg, Germany,
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