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Proceedings 2018, 2(8), 535;

Experimental Modal Analysis of Violins Made from Composites

Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering (MaTCh), Ghent University, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Department of Art, Music and Theatre Sciences, Ghent University, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Department of Design, Hogent, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Faculty of String Instruments, Harp, Guitar and Violin–Making, I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music, 61-808 Poznań, Poland
Presented at 18th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics (ICEM18), Brussels, Belgium, 1–5 July 2018.
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Published: 19 July 2018
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Six prototype violins made from composite materials are made and investigated using experimental modal analysis with the roving hammer method. The average FRF’s obtained show an influence of the materials on the vibrational response up to 2200 Hz. The A0 breathing mode and B1- mode are identified and are found to be significantly lower than in classical wooden violins. Additional measurements with a Laser Doppler Vibrometer and shaker found the same modes with a small difference in frequency (3–8 Hz).
Keywords: violin; modal analysis; composite violin; modal analysis; composite
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Duerinck, T.; Kersemans, M.; Skrodzka, E.; Leman, M.; Verberkmoes, G.; Paepegem, W.V. Experimental Modal Analysis of Violins Made from Composites. Proceedings 2018, 2, 535.

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