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Title
On the degree of rigidity of the manubrium in a finite-element model of the cat eardrum
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Abstract
It has always been assumed that the manubrium is in effect perfectly rigid. In this paper, a more realistic model of the manubrium is incorporated into an existing finite-element model of the cat eardrum. The manubrial thickness is based on a three-dimensional reconstruction from serial histological sections. After a review of the literature, a value of 2 x 10(11) dyn cm-2 is adopted for the Young's modulus of the bone. The mode of vibration of the model is investigated for different manubrial-thickness values and it is found that a significant degree of manubrial bending occurs in the model for realistic values of manubrial thickness. As a result of the bending, the frequency response at the umbo at high frequencies displays much higher amplitudes and larger phase lags than when the manubrium is rigid. The bending will also affect the displacements transmitted to the ossicular load, and introduce significant errors into estimates of such displacements based on measurements of umbo displacement even at frequencies as low as a few kHz. Recent measurements of manubrium vibrations in the cat ear provide experimental evidence of bending.
Language
English
Source (journal)
The journal of the Acoustical Society of America. - New York, N.Y.
Publication
New York, N.Y. : 1992
ISSN
0001-4966
Volume/pages
91:4 Part 1(1992), p. 2082-2090
ISI
A1992HP36700032
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UAntwerpen
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