Glottal flow through a two-mass model: Comparison of Navier-Stokes solutions with simplified models

M.P. de Vries, H.K. Schutte, A.E.P. Veldman, G.J. Verkerke

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Abstract

A new numerical model of the vocal folds is presented based on the well-known two-mass models of the vocal folds. The two-mass model is coupled to a model of glottal airflow based on the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations. Glottal waves are produced using different initial glottal gaps and different subglottal pressures. Fundamental frequency, glottal peak flow, and closed phase of the glottal waves have been compared with values known from the literature. The phonation threshold pressure was determined for different initial glottal gaps. The phonation threshold pressure obtained using the flow model with Navier-Stokes equations corresponds better to values determined in normal phonation than the phonation threshold pressure obtained using the flow model based on the Bernoulli equation. Using the Navier-Stokes equations, an increase of the subglottal pressure causes the fundamental frequency and the glottal peak flow to increase, whereas the fundamental frequency in the Bernoulli-based model does not change with increasing pressure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1847-1853
Number of pages7
JournalThe Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume111
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes

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