Non-linear elastic properties of the lingual and facial tissues assessed by indentation technique: Application to the biomechanics of speech production

J. M. Gerard, J. Ohayon, V. Luboz, P. Perrier, Y. Payan

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Abstract

This paper aims at characterizing the mechanical behavior of two human anatomical structures, namely the tongue and the cheek. For this, an indentation experiment was provided, by measuring the mechanical response of tongue and cheek tissues removed from the fresh cadaver of a 74 year old woman. Non-linear relationships were observed between the force applied to the tissues and the corresponding displacements. To infer the mechanical constitutive laws from these measurements, a finite element (FE) analysis was provided. This analysis aimed at simulating the indentation experiment. An optimization process was used to determine the FE constitutive laws that provided the non-linear force/displacements observed during the indentation experiments. The tongue constitutive law was used for simulations provided by a 3D FE biomechanical model of the human tongue. This dynamical model was designed to study speech production. Given a set of tongue muscular commands, which levels correspond to the force classically measured during speech production, the FE model successfully simulated the main tongue movements observed during speech data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)884-892
Number of pages9
JournalMedical Engineering and Physics
Volume27
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2005

Keywords

  • Cheeks
  • Constitutive law
  • Finite element method
  • Hyperelasticity
  • Indentation
  • Soft tissues
  • Tongue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering

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