Engineering Mechanics

International Conference

Proceedings Vol. 10 (2004)


May 10 – 13, 2004, Svratka, Czech Republic
Editors: Igor Zolotarev and Alena Poživilová

Copyright © 2004 Institute of Thermomechanics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague

ISBN 80-85918-88-9 (printed)
ISSN 1805-8248 (printed)
ISSN 1805-8256 (electronic)

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Experimental acoustic modal analysis of a male vocal tract model
Horáček J., Veselý J., Pešek L., Ružička P.
pages 109 - +7p., full text

Acoustic properties of a physical model of real male vocal tract corresponding to the Czech vowel / a / are analyzed by the experimental modal analysis. The model was designed by direct transferring the data obtained from the magnetic resonance images (MRI), taken during the subject phonation, into the finite element (FE) model and afterwards the method of rapid prototyping was realized for creating the final physical model. The acoustic random excitation was applied at the position of the vocal folds and the response was measured by a miniature microphone in several discrete points along the vocal tract. The measured frequency response functions were evaluated by a global identification method. The resulting eigenfrequencies (formants) and the acoustic mode shapes of vibration are compared with the acoustic measurements carried out during the MRI sequence realization and with the results of the modal analysis of the FE model of the vocal tract for the same vowel / a /.

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