Tibetan singing bowls

7/03/2011 01:44:00 PM ·

Science Fair just featured an amazing piece on the singing bowls of Tibet. We've heard of the famous singing rocks and the musical stones of Skiddaw, but who would have thought a piece of pottery could have such a delightful, harmonious sound.

University of Liege in France and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology used a technique called "Fluid Dynamics" along with some perfume and bronze alloy Tibetan bowls, to create dynamic sounds.

The Tibetan bowls are "a type of standing bell played by rubbing or striking the bowl's rim with a mallet, causing the bowl to vibrate and produce a very characteristic, rich, ringing".

The study, which was published in the journal Nonlinearity, explains how water droplets are propelled from the surface of the bowls as they are excited.

Read More: The fluid mechanics of Tibetan singing bowls

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