School of Physics Lecture Demonstration Manual

Wb-7 Vibrations of a Rod

Published: Tuesday 14 March 2006 - Updated: Wednesday 30 March 2011


To demonstrate transverse vibrations in a rod.



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Vibrations on Rod Equation

VIbrations on Rod Diagram


The frequencies of transverse vibration of an elastic bar are given by the equation above.

A) The frequency of transverse vibrations is proportional to the velocity of longitudinal vibrations.

B) The frequency N varies inversely as the square of the length of the bar indicating that the velocity of the transverse vibrations in a bar is dependent on the frequency.

 The frequencies of the successive symmetrical modes of vibration of the bar are proportional to
 32 72 112 152 ... approx.
 the overtones are therefore not harmonics as in the case of in the vibrations of a string. Two bars are available one of length 32 cm diameter 1.584 cm which vibrates at 8000 hz and the other of length 64 cm diameter 1.644 cm which vibrates at 4000 Hz.

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