Zinc Tuning Fork

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Zinc 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 zinc tuning fork is a light metallic grey in colour and has a slight shine. The makes no audible sound when played and can deform when struck forcibly. Also, minimal vibrations can be felt in the hand. 

Sample ID: 724

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Solid | Object
Metal | Sound | Sound of Materials | Tuning Fork | Zinc

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