Novel designer plastic trumpet bells for brass instruments

Gibson, David (2016) Novel designer plastic trumpet bells for brass instruments. In: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA2016), 12-14 July, London.

[img] Text
Novel Designer Plastic Trumpet Bells for (oa) EVA conference paper Final 10_4_16.docx - Accepted Version

Download (1MB)


It is proposed that by using computing analysis software and 3D fabrication techniques, low cost plastic trumpet bells could be produced for different music genres by altering their timbres. These may be attached to the trumpet in a similar manner to that of a tuning bell trumpet. The novel bells are designed to eliminate or enhance particular harmonics to change their brightness by altering the thickness of material, thus altering the impact of the vibrations to the sound column within it. This initial paper focuses on a comparison between the natural resonances of a current trumpet brass bell and various modified plastic bells using simulation software. Various designs are presented that show the resulting changes of the resonance harmonic mode frequencies and deformation amplitudes for Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) can be shifted toward that of brass depending on the thickness of the material thus paving the way for designed plastic trumpet bells with similar tones.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
14 July 2016Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: 3D Plastic instruments. Bell vibrations. Trumpet bell harmonics.
Subjects: CAH11 - computing > CAH11-01 - computing > CAH11-01-01 - computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Computing and Digital Technology
Depositing User: Ian Mcdonald
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2017 10:26
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2023 12:01

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


In this section...