Faculty Advisor

Planchard, David Clifton

Faculty Advisor

Sullivan, John M.

Abstract

This project sought to improve the intonation and ergonomics of Irish flutes and assess the feasibility of rapid-prototyping flutes. A rapid prototyping machine was used to replicate a Pratten-Style flute from a SolidWorks model. Frequency-based data were collected on several flutes including the prototype. Through isolation and analysis of each flute dimension, equations were developed to predict the dimensions of an intonated flute. These equations were embedded in a SolidWorks design table, facilitating the creation of a player-customized, well-intonated prototype.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Share

COinS