Design and dynamic simulation of a novel piano action mechanism

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Abstract

A novel piano action mechanism is presented, which is based on a multi-lobed lifting cam. The cam replaces several bodies in the standard action mechanism and allows the upright piano to achieve fast repetition of a single note, which is a quality more commonly attributed to grand piano actions. The use of simulation software to aid in tuning of the design is described, and the final simulation results are presented. These results indicate the ability of the new mechanism to achieve good performance over a range of playing intensities and to play repeated notes in rapid succession.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME 2008 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2008
Pages789-796
Number of pages8
EditionPARTS A AND B
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
EventASME 2008 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2008 - Brooklyn, NY, United States
Duration: Aug 3 2008Aug 6 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
NumberPARTS A AND B
Volume2

Conference

ConferenceASME 2008 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2008
CountryUnited States
CityBrooklyn, NY
Period8/3/088/6/08

Keywords

  • Cam follower
  • Equivalent mechanisms
  • Multibody dynamics simulation
  • Piano action

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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    Nelson, C. A. (2008). Design and dynamic simulation of a novel piano action mechanism. In ASME 2008 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2008 (PARTS A AND B ed., pp. 789-796). (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 2, No. PARTS A AND B). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2008-49167