Physical modeling of the piano

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Eurasip Journal on Applied Signal Processing 2004,7 (2004) 926-933;


A project aimed at constructing a physical model of the piano is described. Our goal is to calculate the sound produced by the instrument entirely from Newton's laws. The structure of the model is described along with experiments that augment and test the model calculations. The state of the model and what can be learned from it are discussed.


physical modeling;; piano;; time-domain simulation;; numerical simulations;; string excitation;; mechanoacoustic piano;; general-solution;; narrow hammer;; soundboard;; design;; tone;; xylophones

Date of this Version

January 2004

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