DOI: 10.3390/app13179682 ISSN:

A Numerical Method-Based Analysis of the Structural Deformation Behaviour of a Turkish String Instrument (Cura Baglama) under Varying String Tensions

H. Kursat Celik, Sevilay Gok, Nuri Caglayan, Allan E. W. Rennie
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • General Engineering
  • Instrumentation
  • General Materials Science

This study focuses on the structural design analysis of a cura baglama, a traditional Turkish string instrument that does not have in place a regulated set of manufacturing standards to follow. The aim therefore is to introduce a structural deformation analysis for a sample cura baglama in three different string tensions via a numerical method-based engineering analysis technique. The three-dimensional solid model of a sample cura baglama was created using a 3D scanner and parametric 3D solid modelling software. Based on experimental frequency analysis, structural deformation analyses of the instrument were conducted using finite element method-based engineering simulation techniques. The simulation results revealed useful visual and numerical outputs related to the deformation behaviour of the instrument under pre-defined boundary conditions. A maximum deformation of 0.223 mm on the soundboard (at the D3 tune) and a maximum equivalent stress of 18.325 MPa on the bridge (at the D3 tune) were calculated. The outputs of this research contribute to further research into the usage of numerical method-based deformation simulation studies related to the standardisation, development, and preservation of such traditional string instruments.

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