Prepare the plate Attach the Plexiglas plate to the bolts above the speaker, then attach the aluminum plate to the stem above it. Simply plug the device of your choice into the amplifier and play! Early acoustics researchers Robert Hooke and Ernst Chladni CLOD-knee found that fine powders sprinkled on a vibrating plate would settle in patterns that showed how the plate was vibrating. If we were able to balance some sand on the string, the sand away from the nodes would be flung off into space while the sand on the node would sit still happily where it is. The same piece at Hz. If you want a permanent display of your vibrational patterns, photography is the way to go.

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Welcome to the Make: Fine white sand should work nicely, with minimal mess. If one can stand the noise, it is easy to spend hours finding new patterns in the sand. Chladni plates are an excellent tools for visualizing resonant patterns in two dimensions.

Chladni Plate

Prepare the plate Attach the Plexiglas plate to the bolts above the speaker, then attach the aluminum plate to the stem above it. Chladni figures were discovered in the 19th century by the German physicist Ernst Chladniwho used a bow to generate a wave on a copper plate covered with sand. Tear down the speaker. Although if you have an extremely effective filter mask and a high tolerance for a horrible mess, I would think that laser printer toner would make a nice pattern, and then, using a heat gun from below, you could fuse it to the metal for a permanent display.


Long ago Chladni used a cello bow to excite the edge of a thin metal or wooden plate. His name is pronounced: This book also includes sections on tips and hints, materials sources, and reproducible labels.

Please check your email to confirm. In such cases, the driver is playing a harmonic or multiple of the lowest frequency that the plate produces naturally when you strike it. These chladnl are called “nodes”. Vibrate in multiple modes as functions of: There are three components to the demo as it is illustrated: Thin plates sprinkled with fine particles vibrated perpendicular to their plane.

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And, even better, the plates can chlaeni photographed at their resonance frequencies, to be compiled into labs, reports, science projects, as either hard-copy or as PowerPoint presentations. December 18, Test the DIY version concocted by the cofounder of a Belgian hackerspace.

In any case, I think it would be most trying to balance a four-foot-square sheet on a single point. Thanks for your submission.

How to Make a Chladni Plate – Saint Mary’s Physics Demos

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There are many more resonances at higher frequencies What the Chladni Plates do: In the meantime, keep making stuff! Also note that laser toner is extremely bad for your lungs, laundry, and household harmony. Keep Your Powder Dry Any fine powder will work, but the finer the powder, the more sensitive it will be to vibrations, enabling it to work at lower volumes. They got their glass and metal plates vibrating for their experiments by running a violin bow across the edges.

Sign up for the Make: Increasing the driving frequency causes the salt to move into the next higher resonance patterns At Hz At Hz At Hz All plate shapes will exhibit multiple resonance conditions Some salt will vibrate off the plate. We have a great advantage, we can easily vary the frequency of excitation thereby providing a whole chladn of experimentation.

February 23, at 3: You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2. Note that I used steel only because it was free at our town dump. He can be found at simreal.