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      Novel Designer Plastic Trumpet Bells for Brass Instruments

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA)
      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts
      12 - 14 July 2016
      3D Plastic instruments, Bell vibrations, Trumpet bell harmonics


            It is proposed that by using computing analysis software and 3D fabrication techniques, low cost plastic trumpet bells could be produced for different music genres by altering their timbres. These may be attached to the trumpet in a similar manner to that of a tuning bell trumpet. The novel bells are designed to eliminate or enhance particular harmonics to change their brightness by altering the thickness of material, thus altering the impact of the vibrations to the sound column within it. This initial paper focuses on a comparison between the natural resonances of a current trumpet brass bell and various modified plastic bells using simulation software. Various designs are presented that show the resulting changes of the resonance harmonic mode frequencies and deformation amplitudes for Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) can be shifted toward that of brass depending on the thickness of the material thus paving the way for designed plastic trumpet bells with similar tones.


            Author and article information

            July 2016
            July 2016
            : 10-14
            [1 ] Birmingham City University

            Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment

            Millennium Point, Curzon St, Birmingham, B4 7XG, United Kingdom

            This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

            Electronic Visualisation and the Arts
            London, UK
            12 - 14 July 2016
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

            1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development

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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            Bell vibrations,3D Plastic instruments,Trumpet bell harmonics


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