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HYDRODYNAMICS OF THE EXCITATION OF THE CUPULA IN THE FISH CANAL LATERAL LINE

van Netten, S. M., Jan-1991, In : Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 89, 1, p. 310-319 10 p.

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Calculations on the dynamic behavior of the cupula in the fish lateral line canal are presented. The cupula is compared to a rigid half sphere that is sliding over an epithelium to which it is coupled elastically. The calculation of the hydrodynamic excitation of the cupula is based on a solution of the Navier-Stokes equation for a fluid flow past a vibrating sphere. No restrictions regarding the magnitude of the linear (ac) Reynolds number of the fluid flow are imposed on this solution. Cupular displacements calculated by the combination of hydrodynamics and mechanics of the cupula are compared to submicrometer displacements of the cupula of the ruff [Acerina cernua (L)], which have been measured interferometrically [van Netten and Kroese, Hear. Res. 29,55-61 (1987); van Netten, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 83, 1667-1674 (1988)]. A high degree of agreement is obtained between the calculations and the experimental data. By varying the relevant physical parameters of the model - cupular radius, the amount of elastic coupling, and viscosity of the fluid - their functional significance in lateral line transduction can be determined. From the theory, it appears that these physical parameters can be combined to only two independent dimensionless numbers, which completely determine the cupular frequency response. One number, the linear (ac) Reynolds number, is related to the hydrodynamics, whereas the second dimensionless number accounts for the interaction between hydrodynamics and mechanical properties of the organ.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-319
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume89
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan-1991

    Keywords

  • XENOPUS-LAEVIS, HAIR BUNDLES, TRANSDUCTION, STIFFNESS, COCHLEA, CELLS

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