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.
BSc Report (2013)