Lead Tuning Fork

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Lead 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 lead tuning fork has a matte dark grey appearance. When struck, it makes no audible sound but a slow vibration can be felt in the hand. The lead tuning fork can also be easily deformed when struck no matter how much care is taken to play it. The lack of audible sound and ability to deform is due to lead’s property as a soft metal. 

Sample ID: 722


Solid | Object
Lead | Sound | Sound of Materials | Tuning Fork

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