RESEARCH PAPERS: Noise Control and Acoustics

Automated Noninvasive Motion Measurement of Auditory Organs in Fish Using Ultrasound

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M. Cox, P. H. Rogers

The George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332

J. Vib., Acoust., Stress, and Reliab 109(1), 55-59 (Jan 01, 1987) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3269395 History: Received August 01, 1986; Online November 23, 2009


A scanning underwater, ultrasonic system has been developed to measure the in vivo vibrational amplitude response of fish hearing organs to low-frequency sound. The fish is insonified with a 20-MHz source while stimulated in a single-frequency sound field. Spectral analysis of the echoes due to the acoustic impedance mismatches at the auditory organs provides the desired amplitude information. A computer-controlled scanning system allows nearly simultaneous measurements of the response of the various organs. The system is capable of measuring displacements of 12Å with a spatial resolution of 0.28 mm.

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