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Start Date

April 2021

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Department

Engineering

Faculty Mentor

Jim Masi, PhD

Keywords

Music, Vibrations

Abstract

This project focuses on creating a potential laboratory experiment for vibration analysis or acoustics students. This project was broken into essentially two different experiments with the end goal being the determination of the tension of the string. The first experiment involved using a guitar and audio recording software to determine the frequency of each string. Using this frequency and other physical properties of the string, the amount of tension needed to make the fundamental frequency could be calculated. This experiment also involved the use of overtones which was used to verify the data collected. The second experiment involved physically building a 1-string guitar where each of the six strings were attached one at a time and were held in place by a force sensor. This experiment directly measured the tension in each string and was used to compare results from the first experiment. As the data will show, the experiment was a success and should be feasible to recreate in the future for engineering students.

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Tension In Acoustic Guitar Strings Laboratory

This project focuses on creating a potential laboratory experiment for vibration analysis or acoustics students. This project was broken into essentially two different experiments with the end goal being the determination of the tension of the string. The first experiment involved using a guitar and audio recording software to determine the frequency of each string. Using this frequency and other physical properties of the string, the amount of tension needed to make the fundamental frequency could be calculated. This experiment also involved the use of overtones which was used to verify the data collected. The second experiment involved physically building a 1-string guitar where each of the six strings were attached one at a time and were held in place by a force sensor. This experiment directly measured the tension in each string and was used to compare results from the first experiment. As the data will show, the experiment was a success and should be feasible to recreate in the future for engineering students.

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