Finite Element Modeling of Woodwind Air Columns

Participants: Antoine Lefebvre, Jean Kergomard and Gary Scavone

Period: 2009 - 2015


The goal of this research is to use the Finite Element Method to investigate the acoustic characteristics of woodwind instrument air columns. Particular analyses have included woodwind toneholes and the derivation of one-dimensional transfer matrix representations, external tonehole interactions and the junction of a cylinder and a truncated cone.

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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