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 conical models with a small mouthpiece at its apex, representing a standard saxophone. We then used dynamical systems to analyze theoretical similarities with an open cylinder having a small mouthpiece positioned on its surface. We finally compared our simulations with experiments on a 3D-printed prototype, that we named « transverse saxophone », by analogy with the transverse flute.

Year
2013

Credits
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.

Publication
BSc Report (2013)

 

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