Flow-induced Vibrations of the Uvula and its Implication on Snoring

J. Xi[1], Q. M. Mohamad[1], Y. E. Yuan[1], J. Rohlinger[1]
[1]Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI, USA
Published in 2013

  1. Flow-induced uvula deformation considerably altered the flow dynamics inside the nose.
  2. For a weak soft palate, complete flow occlusion can occur (sleep apnea).
  3. Vibration of the airway structures is crucial to better understand snoring generation mechanisms and breathing-related disorders.

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