Application of Acoustic Oscillations for the Prevention and Treatment of Bovine Mastitis (VIPGAMA)

Project no.: PP34/2106

Project description:

The work focuses on bovine holobionts, which will assess the correction or restoration of altered ecosystems (in subclinical (SCM) or clinical mastitis (CM)) of different parts of the mammary gland for the same individual (udder quarters or whole glands) affecting it by acoustic vibrations.
Mastitis in milk causes physical, chemical, microbial and pathological changes in the udder glandular tissue. Each form of mastitis causes not only reduced milk production, but also worsen quality, which makes the milk unfit for consumption by both humans and technological processes in the dairy industry. Bacterial contamination in mastitis makes milk unfit for human consumption.
Taking into account the changes of the mammary gland from the physiological norm of the animal, it is necessary to develop new ways of prevention of SCM and elimination of BMD. The aim is to increase the effectiveness of the acoustic effects of vibrations on the intended area of the cattle (mammary glands) in order to expand the functionality and practical use of acoustic devices currently used for therapy. In the action of bovine organs, e.g. udder, acoustic vibrators excited by the electrical generators of the device by acoustic waves emit harmonic and directional oscillations of different frequencies directed to a certain point in space, e.g. location of the udder. At that point, the sum of these oscillations generates a pulsing amplitude oscillation whose pulsation frequency is equal to the difference of the oscillating frequencies that make it up, and the oscillation frequency is equal to the average of the oscillating frequencies directed to a particular point. By analysing input parameters such as somatic cell count (SCC), the device will be able to adapt the frequency and duration of the ultrasound wave depending on the feedback data. The data will be stored in a database and using it, the device will be able to change its operating parameters with the help of artificial intelligence in order to achieve the individual goals of the study object (cow) mastitis treatment.

Project funding:

KTU Research and Innovation Fund

Period of project implementation: 2021-04-01 - 2021-12-31

Project partners: Lithuanian University of Health Sciences

Joris Vėžys

2021 - 2021

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design

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