Investigation of tanpura string vibrations using a two-dimensional time-domain model incorporating coupling and bridge friction

Jamie Bridges, Maarten van Walstijn

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Tanpura string vibrations have been investigated previously using numerical models based on energy conserving schemes derived from a Hamiltonian description in one-dimensional form. Such time-domain models have the property that, for the lossless case, the numerical Hamiltonian (representing total energy of the system) can be proven to be constant from one time step
to the next, irrespective of any of the system parameters; in practice the Hamiltonian can be shown to be conserved within machine precision. Models of this kind can reproduce a jvari effect, which results from the bridge-string interaction. However the one-dimensional formulation has recently been shown to fail to replicate the jvaris strong dependence on the thread placement. As a first step towards simulations which accurately emulate this sensitivity to the thread placement, a twodimensional model is proposed, incorporating coupling of controllable level between the two string polarisations at the string termination opposite from the barrier. In addition, a friction force acting when the string slides across the bridge in horizontal direction is introduced, thus effecting a further damping mechanism. In this preliminary study, the string is terminated at the position of the thread. As in the one-dimensional model, an implicit scheme has to be used to solve the system, employing Newton's method to calculate the updated positions and momentums of each string segment. The two-dimensional model is proven to be energy conserving when the loss parameters are set to zero, irrespective of the coupling constant. Both frequency-dependent and independent losses are then added to the string, so that the model can be compared to analogous instruments. The influence of coupling and the bridge friction are investigated.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Third Vienna Talk on Music Acoustics
PublisherUniversity of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2015
EventVienna Talk 2015 on Music Acoustics "Bridging the Gaps" - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 16 Sep 201519 Sep 2015


ConferenceVienna Talk 2015 on Music Acoustics "Bridging the Gaps"

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