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Title: ‘Rock Guitar’ - optimising concrete properties for the manufacture of a concrete guitar
Authors: Sun, Ruting
Smith, M.P.
Goodier, Chris I.
Flint, James A.
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: © The Ceramics Society, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
Citation: SUN, R., SMITH, M.P., GOODIER, C.I. ...et al., 2011. ‘Rock Guitar’ - optimising concrete properties for the manufacture of a concrete guitar. IN: Novel Developments and Innovation in Cementitious Materials, Proceedings of the 31st Cement and Concrete Science Conference, London, 12-13 September.
Abstract: There is potential for cement-based materials to be used in making high-value customised musical instruments. This paper considers the properties (modulus, density, strength, and damping ratio) that a cement-based material requires to replicate traditional materials currently used in instrument production. Results are presented which demonstrate sound interaction with cementitious materials. A selection of mixes incorporating PVA, Lytag lightweight aggregate and normal sand mix with PVA were produced and tested with an impact hammer using the roving hammer technique and modal analysis in order to obtain the natural frequencies and damping ratio of the specimens. Lytag based mortars with PVA was determined as the optimum mix from the tests which was subsequently used to cast a workable full-size solid-bodied electric guitar, due to its lower elastic modulus and lower density compared to the normal compared mix, and its damping ratio in the region of wood (pine).
Description: This paper was presented at the 31st Cement and Concrete Science Conference, Novel Developments and Innovation in Cementitious Materials, London, 12-13 September 2011 [© The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)].
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/8862
ISBN: 97809570152
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