Three-dimensional computation of flow and sound for human hemilarynx

Yongwoo Jo, Hawoon Ra, Young J. Moon, Michael Döllinger

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The flow and sound of a human hemilarynx, of which the three-dimensional surface motion (e.g. mucosal waves) is measured using the high-speed imaging techniques, are computed for Rel=192-752 and M = 7.62 × 10-4-2.97 × 10-3 by solving the filtered incompressible Navier-Stokes equations (INS), coupled with the linearized perturbed compressible equations (LPCE). The predicted acoustic characteristics accord reasonably well to the experimental data for all Reynolds numbers, and it is found that the power exchange between the air-streams and the hemilarynx ranges from 0.05 to 0.175 Watts and the amount of energy exchange for one period of glottis motion is +27 to -5 μJ. The computational results indicate that the open quotient Qo, an indicator of phonation efficiency, is well related to the energy exchange between flow and hemilarnyx and that the three-dimensional mucosal motions of the vocal fold is responsible for regulating the produced sound over a wide range of frequencies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-50
Number of pages10
JournalComputers and Fluids
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Aug 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Dr. Doellinger’s contribution was supported by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), grant no. DO1247/6-1 .

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Elsevier Ltd.


  • Human hemilarynx
  • Linearized perturbed compressible equations
  • Low Mach number aeroacoustics
  • Phonation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Engineering


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