Finite Element Modeling of Wind Instruments

Participants: Song Wang, Antoine Lefebvre and Gary Scavone

Period: 2009 - ongoing


The goal of this research is to use the Finite Element Method to investigate the acoustic characteristics of systems that are difficult to model using traditional one-dimensional piece-wise cylindrical and conical sections. Current and past work on this topic has focused on woodwind instrument toneholes, saxophone mouthpieces, and the implementation of visco-thermal boundary conditions.

COMSOL/Matlab Scripts

This section contains links to view and download the COMSOL/Matlab Scripts used for the simulations in the doctoral thesis of Antoine Lefebvre. They are organised following the thesis outline.

Chapter 2 Finite Element Simulations of Single Woodwind Toneholes



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