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Contour scanning laser vibrometry characterization of Caribbean steelpan
Author(s): Teresa J. Woods; Patrick F. O'Malley; Joseph F. Vignola; John A. Judge
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Paper Abstract

A conformal scanning laser vibrometer was used to determine the vibrational modes of a 17-note portion of a C-lead tenor steelpan. The data represents the surface-normal motion of the instrument in response to an impulsive excitation intended to mimic the strike of a mallet. A description of this novel measurement system is presented, followed by the surface velocity data and a summary of response shapes and the frequencies at which those responses occur. The data indicate that individual note areas respond when adjacent or non-adjacent notes are struck, and clearly illustrate the complex vibration of the steelpan and the coupling between notes that produce the rich distinctive nature of the steelpan sound.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 June 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7098, Eighth International Conference on Vibration Measurements by Laser Techniques: Advances and Applications, 709818 (17 June 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.803166
Show Author Affiliations
Teresa J. Woods, The Catholic Univ. of America (United States)
Patrick F. O'Malley, The Catholic Univ. of America (United States)
Joseph F. Vignola, The Catholic Univ. of America (United States)
John A. Judge, The Catholic Univ. of America (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7098:
Eighth International Conference on Vibration Measurements by Laser Techniques: Advances and Applications

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