Dartington Carillon Project

Bell Design

Each bell has to deliver the correct musical note to work as a musical instrument. For past several hundred years European bell foundries have stuck with the traditional bell shapes as this was the only way they could ensure the bell produced the correct note.

Today, computer modeling developed by Australian Bell using finite element analysis allows artists to create new shapes for bells. It is now possible to create bells that produce more than one note from one strike.

New casting methods allow foundries to cast bells with accuracy up to 50microns.

Here is Marcus Vergette’s Time and Tide Bell which was designed and cast using the latest software and patternless casting technology.

FEA Bell Design

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