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Acoustic properties of acetylated wood under different humid conditions and its relevance for musical instruments
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Forestry and Wood Technology. (GoFP)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6909-2025
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Forestry and Wood Technology. (GoFP)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6390-7377
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2018 (English)In: Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Wood Modification 2018, Arnhem, The Netherlands / [ed] Jos Creemers, Thomas Houben, Bôke Tjeerdsma, Holger Militz and Brigitte Junge, The Netherlands: Practicum , 2018, p. 236-243Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In musical instrument making, less expensive wood species and materials with good characteristics and acoustical properties can provide potentials to find alternatives to the traditional exotic wood species used today. Modified wood could be such a choice if shows similar sound characteristics to wood coming from endangered and expensive tropical species with problematic commercial availability. In musical instruments, the overall functionality depends on the contribution of wood to different material performance indexes like sound radiation coefficient (R), characteristic impedance (z) and acoustic conversion efficiency (ACE). In this study, the performance indexes were measured for acetylated beech, maple and radiata pine and compared with these obtained for the reference wood materials maple, mahogany, alder and ash. A non-destructive free-free flexural vibration test method was used at constant temperature (20oC) but in different humid conditions- dry (35% RH), standard (65% RH) and wet (85% RH). Dimensional changes in the different humid conditions were also taken in account. Acetylated wood showed lower EMC with higher dimensional stability at each humidity level as compared with the reference wood materials. These properties are considered important factors for making quality musical instruments. Based on the acoustical properties, acetylated wood materials, especially radiata pine, showed good potential for use for musical instruments where specific characteristics of sound are required. However, the other types of acetylated wood can also be used for specific musical instruments.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
The Netherlands: Practicum , 2018. p. 236-243
Keywords [en]
Acoustic conversion efficiency, damping, equilibrium moisture content, free-free flexural vibration, volumetric shrinkage
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Wood Science Chemical Engineering Polymer Technologies
Research subject
Technology (byts ev till Engineering), Forestry and Wood Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-84630OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-84630DiVA, id: diva2:1320653
Conference
9th European Conference on Wood Modification (ECWM9), September 17-18, Arnhem, The Netherlands
Available from: 2019-06-05 Created: 2019-06-05 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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