Nylon Tuning Fork

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Nylon 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 nylon tuning fork is off-white in colour and has a dull matte finish. The fork is relatively warm to the touch. Similar to the spruce tuning fork, it produces to audible sound when struck but can produce a very low note of no duration using the pinch technique. The note produced is considerably lower than that produced by the copper tuning fork. The nylon used in manufacturing the tuning fork is a food grade nylon. 

Sample ID: 728


Solid | Object
Nylon | Polymer | Sound | Sound of Materials | Tuning Fork

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