Acrylic Tuning Fork

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Acrylic Tuning Fork
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The tuning fork as an object has many uses, as an aid to tuning musical instruments, its presence in school physics lessons as an object of demonstration or as a tool in hearing evaluations. A set of 16 tuning forks were made to investigate the acoustic properties of materials as part of the Materials Library Founder, Zoe Laughlin’s PhD thesis. The three principle factors that influence the production of sound by a tuning fork are the shape of the fork, the density and elastic modulus (a measure of stiffness) of the material from which the fork is made.

The acrylic tuning fork is transparent in appearance and is perceived to be warmer and harder than the nylon tuning fork. It is difficult to hear a clear sound from the fork even when played using the pinch method (see spruce tuning fork).

Sample ID: 729


Solid | Object
Acrylic | Plastic | Sound | Sound of Materials | Tuning Fork

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