Modeling and Simulation of the Acoustics of a Steelpan, a Percussion Instrument

  • Yukio Kagawa
  • Kohei Tanaka
  • Ken Yamazaki
  • Lingyun Chai
Conference paper
Part of the Proceedings in Information and Communications Technology book series (PICT, volume 4)


The paper discusses the acoustics and vibration of a steelpan. It is a shallow curved circular plate on which many spherical shells are formed. Each shell sounds a musical scale frequency. Each shell vibrates almost independently. Shell’s vibration is numerically analyzed for guiding the design of the instrument.


Spherical Shell Conical Shell Volume Displacement Modal Model Reverberation Time 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yukio Kagawa
    • 1
  • Kohei Tanaka
    • 2
  • Ken Yamazaki
    • 3
  • Lingyun Chai
    • 4
  1. 1.Okayama Univ.OkayamaJapan
  2. 2.Nihon Univ. College of Industrial TechnologyChibaJapan
  3. 3.Nihon University College of Industrial TechnologyChibaJapan
  4. 4.Solar FrontierKanagawaJapan

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