|While there are a lot of Accutron websites, none of them give info about the required accuracy of (next to amplitude) especially the own frequency of the tuningfork.
The formula for the frequency of a standard tuningfork is as follows: (thnx to wikipedia:D)
f is the frequency the fork vibrates at in Hertz. (close to the name of the inventor: Max Hetzel:D)
A is the cross-sectional area of the prongs (tines) in square metres.
l is the length of the prongs in metres.
E is the Young's modulus of the material the fork is made from in pascals (stiffness).
ρ is the density of the material the fork is made from in kilogrammes per cubic metre.
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So what does this mean for the accuracy of these factors in practice and values plus tolerances?
So let's do some calc on the length tolerance, assuming that all other factors are constant (which in practice ofcourse they are not)
Constant factor values:
If we use these values in the formula we get: F= 360 Hz
Now lets see what happens to the frequency when we adjust the length of the tines/prongs with as little as 0,01 of a millimeter:
I think that the more you know and understand about Accutrons, the more unbelievable it is that it has ever worked, let a lone in mass production.