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The effects of turbulence on organ sound quality and its minimisation in blowing systems

Ngu, Jude T.A. (1995) The effects of turbulence on organ sound quality and its minimisation in blowing systems. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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    This research sets out to study the effects of turbulence on organ sound and examine ways
    of minimizing it in blowing systems.
    The efficacy of application of statistical and spectral techniques for a quantitative analysis of
    the effects of turbulence on the organ sound has been established.
    The sound generated for different inlet levels of turbulence intensity were analyzed. The
    inlet turbulence variation was achieved by mixing in different proportions, the wind
    generated by a centrifugal fan which has high levels of turbulence and turbulence
    attenuated wind. The latter was obtained by suppressing the levels of turbulence through
    flow stratification in narrow channels. Turbulence attenuation by flow stratification was
    used in this research as it could attenuate turbulence for very high Reynolds number (> 105)
    flows such as encountered in the study.
    The effects of turbulence attenuation were evaluated aurally, in a qualitative manner and
    also analyzed quantitatively. The aural evaluation indicates that changes in the sound with
    changing levels of turbulence were perceivable. In addition, the lower the turbulence levels,
    the better the sound quality - the instrument (organ) is said to have a better "degree of
    articulation... and expressiveness. " Spectral analysis of certain notes with and without
    turbulence attenuation showed changes to the spectral shape. Ripples in the spectra in the
    leading and trailing edges of the fundamental were much reduced. The spectra were
    smoother. The fundamental frequency shifted, on average by 0.3°%, up or down, depending
    on the nicking condition of the pipe. In one note, F#4, the fundamental had two peaks
    without any turbulence attenuation. One of the peaks vanished when turbulence attenuated
    wind was used.
    A technique was developed for quantitatively evaluating the fundamental from the
    frequency spectra. The fundamentals were sampled, normalized and moments taken about
    the central frequency. The 3rd and 4th moments computed gave an indication of the
    changing skewness and "peakedness" of the note with turbulence. It was noted, from
    experiments conducted on a test rig, that the notes got more negatively skewed and peaks
    more with increasing turbulence attenuation. It was also noted that the notes underwent a
    non-monotonical increase in asymmetry with falling levels of turbulence. There were
    similar increments in the "peakedness" of the pipe fundamental amplitude with decreasing
    An electrical analogous circuit of the organ flue pipe for turbulence studies was developed.
    A circuit model with linear components was simulated and tested. It was found that most
    of the circuit component parameters were dependent on the geometric dimensions of the
    pipe, especially the pipe length. Calculations and a simulation of the circuit using HSPICE
    with parameters determined using the effective length of the pipe gave resonant frequencies
    much less than those obtained from acoustic experiments. The concept of an active length,
    La, which works out to be a third of the effective length, Le, was introduced. Calculations
    and simulations using La, gave more accurate results. A hardware implementation of the
    circuit developed was also done in order to study the effects of turbulence.
    The statistical analysis and electrical analysis studies undertaken in the current work may
    find application in the design of computer organs and other areas were turbulence in flow
    plays a significant role.

    Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
    Additional Information: EThOS Persistent ID
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Musical acoustics; Aero-acoustics Sound Pumping machinery Pipe Fluid mechanics Sound Pumping machinery Fluid mechanics
    Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
    T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
    Schools: School of Computing and Engineering
    Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
    Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2010 13:20
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2010 19:52


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