Title

Computational modeling of phonatory dynamics in a tubular three-dimensional model of the human larynx

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

9-1-2012

Journal

Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

Volume

132

Issue

3

DOI

10.1121/1.4740485

Abstract

Simulation of the phonatory flow-structure interaction has been conducted in a three-dimensional, tubular shaped laryngeal model that has been designed with a high level of realism with respect to the human laryngeal anatomy. A non-linear spring-based contact force model is also implemented for the purpose of representing contact in more general conditions, especially those associated with three-dimensional modeling of phonation in the presence of vocal fold pathologies. The model is used to study the effects of a moderate (20) vocal-fold tension imbalance on the phonatory dynamics. The characteristic features of phonation for normal as well as tension-imbalanced vocal folds, such as glottal waveform, glottal jet evolution, mucosal wave-type vocal-fold motion, modal entrainment, and asymmetric glottal jet deflection have been discussed in detail and compared to established data. It is found that while a moderate level of tension asymmetry does not change the vibratory dynamics significantly, it can potentially lead to measurable deterioration in voice quality. © 2012 Acoustical Society of America.

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