Why bows get stiffer and racquets get softer when the strings are added

  • Rod Crossa
  • Published 2001


The frame of a string instrument is subject to a large tension force when the strings are installed. Intuitively, one might expect that the frame would be stiffened by the strings. Experimental data and a theoretical analysis are presented to show that this is not generally the case. An archer’s bow is much stiffer when it is strung, but a tennis racquet is… (More)

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