Operating Deflection Shapes of a Violin String via High Speed/High Resolution Videography

  • Chuck Van Karsen
  • Troy Bouman
  • Geoff Gwaltney
Conference paper
Part of the Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series book series (CPSEMS)


The action of bowing a violin string to play a properly sounding note produces a stick-slip action between the bow and the string. In an ideal situation this excitation of the string results in Helmholtz motion of the string. This paper describes an experimental method for measuring the motion of a violin string using high speed/high resolution videography and the subsequent digitizing of the motion for use in a high fidelity mathematical model of a violin.


Videography ODS Violin Vibration Musical instrument 



The authors would like to thank Xcitex, Inc. for use of ProAnalyst on this project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chuck Van Karsen
    • 1
  • Troy Bouman
    • 2
  • Geoff Gwaltney
    • 3
  1. 1.Mechanical EngineeringMichigan Technological UniversityHoughtonUSA
  2. 2.Mechanical EngineeringMichigan Technological UniversityHoughtonUSA
  3. 3.Keweenaw Research Center, Mechanical EngineeringMichigan Technological UniversityHoughtonUSA

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