A5_2 Drop The Bass!

Sunil Taper, Leandro Carvalho, Sean Hughes, Kieran Crutcher


In 2004 two newspaper articles claimed that the cause of the spontaneous pneumothorax that aman suffered in his car was due to the 1000 W ‘bass box’, producing frequencies which causedresonance with the air in his lungs causing them to puncture and collapse. Modelling the alveoliin the lungs as a Helmholtz resonator this paper looks to determine if the cause was really due to the frequencies generated by the subwoofer. It was found that the subwoofer could not produce high enough frequencies to achieve resonance with the alveoli.

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