Muscle Contraction Modeling

  • Walter Maurel
  • Daniel Thalmann
  • Yin Wu
  • Nadia Magnenat Thalmann
Part of the Esprit Basic Research Series book series (ESPRIT BASIC)


Soft tissue constitutive modeling requires a particular investigation into muscle contraction since muscles also exhibit an active behavior. In this area, there are three major approaches corresponding to different purposes. Most models are devoted to muscle force prediction, and only provide models for the global uniaxial output force of given muscles in defined conditions and experiments. These models don’t take into account the local mechanics involved inside the fibers. Conversely, some models are devoted instead to the understanding of the contractile mechanism, and describe the chemico-mechanical aspects of the contraction process at the sarcomeral level, but have hardly been related to a realistic global output force involving the 3D anatomical and passive properties of muscle. Only few studies attempt to provide a model of muscle including anatomical and mechanical, active and passive properties, allowing a realistic simulation of its contractile behavior in relation with its deformation and its global output force. These different aspects are overviewed in the following.


Muscle Force Myosin Head Contraction Force Contractile Element Pennation Angle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter Maurel
    • 1
  • Daniel Thalmann
    • 1
  • Yin Wu
    • 2
  • Nadia Magnenat Thalmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Computer Graphics LabSwiss Federal Institute of TechnologyLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.MIRALab, Department of Information SystemsUniversity of GenevaGeneva 4Switzerland

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