Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Could bio-inspired nacre-like ceramics be suitable to fabricate musical instruments?
Authors: Le Ferrand, Hortense
Keywords: Engineering::Materials
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Le Ferrand, H. (2022). Could bio-inspired nacre-like ceramics be suitable to fabricate musical instruments?. Music and Science, 5, 205920432211461-.
Project: Start Up Grant
Journal: Music and Science
Abstract: In the past, natural ceramic biomaterials like bones and seashells were used to make music. Today, ceramics are largely absent from the musical scene. Yet, recent development of bio-inspired ceramics could be used to create musical instruments that emulate sound from ancient times, that do not make use of endangered animal species or that enable exploration of new types of music. In this paper, the question of whether bio-inspired ceramics would be suitable for usage in musical instrument is posed. The study focusses on nacre-like alumina ceramics of various compositions and their suitability to be used, fabricated, and to produce sound are discussed based on materials’ properties. It is found that flat pieces could be produced with high throughput for making idiophones or parts of musical instruments to increase the sound radiance, for example, and that complex shapes could be produced by a craftsperson to reproduce other musical instruments’ designs or create new ones using 3D printing technologies. The potential application of such ceramics for music could also open ideas in architecture where tiles are used, for example. Future work to enable these applications should be on more thorough characterisation of dynamic properties according to standards, scaled-up and reliable fabrication processes, and evaluation of the sound produced.
ISSN: 2059-2043
DOI: 10.1177/20592043221146184
Schools: School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
Rights: © 2022 The Author(s). Creative Commons Non Commercial CC BY-NC: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (
Fulltext Permission: open
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
Appears in Collections:MAE Journal Articles

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
PaperMNS2023.pdf2.71 MBAdobe PDFThumbnail

Citations 50

Updated on Jun 19, 2024

Page view(s)

Updated on Jun 19, 2024

Download(s) 50

Updated on Jun 19, 2024

Google ScholarTM




Items in DR-NTU are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.