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Bell Clapper Impact Dynamics and the Voicing of a Carillon

Fletcher, Neville H.; McGee, W T; Tarnopolsky, Alex Z


The periodic re-voicing of the bell clappers of the Australian National Carillon in Canberra provided an opportunity for the study of the acoustic effects of this operation. After prolonged playing, the impact of the pear-shaped clapper on a bell produces a significant flat area on both the clapper and the inside surface of the bell. This deformation significantly decreases the duration of the impact event and has the effect of increasing the relative amplitude of higher modes in the bell...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
DOI: 10.1121/1.1448517


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