on the acoustics of the saxophone

My Bachelor’s thesis investigated the acoustics of the saxophone and the role of its geommetry on the produced sound.

We first studied standard saxophones using a conical model with a small mouthpiece at its apex. We then explored its acoustical similarities with an open cylinder model equipped with a small mouthpiece on its surface, using dynamic systems-based simulations. We finally compared our computational simulations with material experiments on a 3D-printed prototype, that we named “transverse saxophone”, by analogy with the transverse flute.


The project was developed with Jean Kergomard in collaboration with Laboratoire de Mécanique et d’Acoustique (CNRS), in the context of the ENS Paris-Saclay Bachelor’s program in Physics.

BSc Report (2013)

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