Modeling Skeletal Muscle Contraction

  • Suresh R. Devasahayam
Part of the Topics in Biomedical Engineering International Book Series book series (TOBE)


Skeletal muscles in amphibians and mammals have been subjected to extensive investigation due to their relatively easy access and simple structure compared to other physiological systems. Consequently fairly detailed models exist for skeletal muscle behavior. Several competing models have been proposed that succeed to varying extents in explaining skeletal muscle behavior. Although abundant experimental data exists, no existing model is sufficient to explain skeletal muscle behavior under all conditions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Suresh R. Devasahayam
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  1. 1.School of Biomedical EngineeringIndian Institute of TechnologyBombayIndia

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