Faculty Advisor

Worland, Rand

Area of Study

Science and Mathematics

Publication Date

Summer 2016


This summer, I investigated the factors affecting the vibrational patterns of curved metal plates. This research was inspired by the musical saw instrument which is played by bending a large handsaw into an s-curve and then bowing it like a violin. In our results, we identified the local confinement of the vibrational patterns due to the plate's curvature, the variation of resonant frequencies due to the geometry of the plate, and we determined that the stress in the metal created by bending the plate into its shape has a negligible effect on the resonant frequencies.


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