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Estimations of non-linearities in structural vibrations of string musical instruments

Abstract : Under the excitation of strings, the wooden structure of string instruments is generally assumed to undergo linear vibrations. As an alternative to the direct measurement of the distortion rate at several vibration levels and frequencies, we characterise weak non-linearities by a signal-model approach based on cascade of Hammerstein models. In this approach, in a chain of two non-linear systems, two measurements are sufficient to estimate the non-linear contribution of the second (sub-)system which cannot be directly linearly driven, as a function of the exciting frequency. The experiment consists in exciting the instrument acoustically. The linear and non-linear contributions to the response of (a) the loudspeaker coupled to the room, (b) the instrument can be separated. Some methodological issues will be discussed. Findings pertaining to several instruments - one piano, two guitars, one violin - will be presented.
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  • ARXIV : 1210.4024


Kerem Ege, Marc Rébillat, Xavier Boutillon. Estimations of non-linearities in structural vibrations of string musical instruments. Acoustics 2012, Apr 2012, Nantes, France. pp.[N° 470], 1211-1216. ⟨hal-00741129⟩



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