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The role of damping in steel pan manufacture

Barlow, CY and Maloney, SE and Woodhouse, J (2013) The role of damping in steel pan manufacture. In: 4th Stockholm Music Acoustics Conference 2013, SMAC 2013, 2013-7-30 to 2013-8-3, KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, Sweden pp. 543-548..

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Results are presented of systematic studies of vibration damping in steel of a type, and processed by a route, rel-evant to Caribbean steel pans. Damping is likely to be a significant factor in the variation of sound quality be-tween different pans. The main stages in pan manufac-ture are simulated in a controlled manner using sheet steel, cold-rolled to a prescribed level of thickness reduc-tion then annealed at a chosen temperature in a laboratory furnace. Small test strips were cut from the resulting material, and tested in free-free beam bending to deduce the Young’s modulus and its associated loss factor. It is shown that the steel type, the degree of cold working and the annealing temperature all have a significant influence on damping. Furthermore, for each individual specimen damping is found to decrease with rising frequency, ap-proximately following a power law. Comparison with samples cut from a real pan show that there are further influences from the pan’s geometrical details.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Steel pan Damping
Divisions: Div C > Applied Mechanics
Div E > Production Processes
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 20:16
Last Modified: 22 May 2018 07:23